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Toyota to auction two sporting models for Red Nose Day

Toyota is inviting bids on two models from its UK heritage collection: a fully kitted and liveried Sony Gran Turismo car and a Picnic with a rally-spec 2.0-litre turbo engine.

The carmaker is selling the pair as part of its aim to raise £1 million for Comic Relief’s work in the UK and Africa.

Scott Brownlee, Toyota UK’s General Manager, said: ‘This is a one-off opportunity we hope will attract lots of attention from Toyota fans. Both cars were developed in the UK to demonstrate a more off-beat, street-savvy side to the brand.’

The 1996 3.0-litre Supra has been beefed up with a host of performance mods so it produces around 370bhp. It has a full bodykit, including boot spoiler, lowered suspension with Eibach dampers, and it sits on Ace 130 alloys fitted with 19-inch tyres. Just like the Sony game car, this Supra is finished in full red and green Castrol livery.

The 1990s Picnic is far more of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. On the outside it looks like a plain family vehicle, but under the bonnet is a 210bhp 2.0-litre Celica GT-Four turbo engine. Tagged the Picnic Sport Turbo, it’s a street-legal Q-car that can sprint from 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds. Other mods include lowered suspension, a heavy-duty clutch and a red leather interior.

Although nothing like either of these cars has been offered at auction recently, the Supra looks like a model that’s on the up. Supra Turbos were selling for just £1,500 in 2010, but a one-owner FSH model achieved £3,100 at a Brightwells sale in March 2014. The same can’t be said for the Picnic, but the rally mods on this car will certainly add to its appeal.

Car enthusiast site Pistonheads is hosting the online auction, inviting bidders to offer their best prices for the cars. The winning bids will be announced on 13 March.

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By Claire Evans

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