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1992 Eagle Mark III

1992 Eagle Mark III

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.

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In Detail

engine Inline-4
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
gear ratios :1

Auction Sales History

1992 Eagle Mark III
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