1992 Eagle Mark III
The Toyota Eagle Mark III is one of the true legends of American motor sport, achieving a record-breaking performance in IMSA racing in the early 1990s.
As well as being an all-conquering machine, it was also the last of its kind: the US sports series subsequently moved away from the GTP class in which the Toyota Eagle competed.
The car was the work of Dan Gurney’s AAR (All American Racers) team that designed, built and raced Eagle cars in a great range of American racing series from 1965 to 2000. None achieved as much as the Mark III: powered by a compact but powerful turbocharged Toyota four-cylinder engine, it dominated the 1992 and 1993 IMSA championships, wining 21 of the 27 races it entered.
These results delivered back-to-back drivers’ titles for Juan Manuel Fangio II and manufacturers’ titles for Toyota. The run of success included an unmatched 14 straight IMSA victories.
The Toyota Eagle Mark III has a supremely sleek and simple body, which offered the advantage of being easily adapted to deliver the right aerodynamic performance to suit different race tracks. Much credit was also due to Toyota Racing Developments (TRD), whose engineers coaxed an exceptional 750bhp from the engine.
1992 Eagle Mark III Gallery
|valvetrain||DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl|
|displacement||2090 cc / 127.5 in³|
|bore||90 mm / 3.54 in|
|stroke||78 mm / 3.07 in|
|body / frame||Carbon-Kevlar-Nomex honeycomb composite Body over Carbon fibre monocoque with tubular steel roll cage|
|wheel type||BBS alloy|
|front tires||Goodyear Eagle Racing 25.5 x 12.5|
|rear tires||Goodyear Eagle Racing 28.5 x 14.5|
|front brakes||Carbon fibre ventilated discs with Brembo 4-piston callipers|
|f brake size||mm / in|
|rear brakes||Carbon fibre ventilated discs with Brembo 4-piston callipers|
|r brake size||mm / in|
|front wheels||F 43.2 x 33.0 cm / 17 x 13 in|
|rear wheels||R 43.2 x 38.1 cm / 17 x 15 in|
|steering||Rack and pinion|
|f suspension||Unequal length wishbones|
|r suspension||Unequal length wishbones|
|curb weight||830 kg / 1830 lbs|
|length||4800 mm / 189.0 in|
|width||2006 mm / 79.0 in|
|height||1016 mm / 40.0 in|
|transmission||March-based 5-speed manual|
Auction Sales History
1992 Toyota Eagle Mk III GTP WFO-004 – did not sell for $1,045,000 Most Dominant Prototype in US Racing History. Winner of 14 of 23 Races Entered. 1992 and 1993 IMSA GTP Champion with Juan Manuel Fangio II. 1992 and 1993 Winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring Endurance Race. Gifted to Juan Manuel Fangio II by Toyota. Designed and Built by the Legendary All American Racers.
Auction Source: 2014 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company