1990 Toyota MR2 G-Limited
Stock Number: 4507
With its midship layout, lightweight chassis, and high revving motor, the Toyota MR2 is a cult classic. With its combination of power, reliability, and handling how could it not be? This '90 is a little different from the typical SW20 that we see since it's the naturally aspirated version. The great thing about the N/A setup is the reliability gained by reducing the number of moving components and residual heat. All while keeping the iconic looks and its fantastic driving characteristics. Being a fixed-roof coupe the lack of glass means reduced weight, increased handling, and added chassis rigidity which is key to a proper sports coupe. Finished in Super Red III (3J6) with a mere 45K verified miles, the particular car is a real standout. The Super Red III is a particularly nice color as it has a very subtle metallic flake to it that really pops out in the sunlight. The paint is in overall good condition, there is a spot of touchup paint on the trunk by the wing, but you have to be looking for it. Otherwise barring your typical stone chips and some light swirls in the clear it looks great. The bodywork is in just as great a shape with only a door ding or two to complain about. The exterior has been kept largely all stock with the exception of a staggered set of 16/17" white Bridgestone DHS 6 spoke wheels. The TE37 style looks good on everything, and the white really pops off of the red bodywork.
The interior has been kept up just as well, which comes as no surprise. Toyota did a great job with the layout and design of this chassis and was a big step up from the previous generation. Being that this model is the G-Limited it came with items like the power-folding mirrors and the trademark spoiler outback. The cloth buckets offer great support without feeling like you've got to squeeze into them. Both seats have been kept up with phenomenally as the typical wear spots like holes or bolster break down is nearly non-existent. While the car is 30 years old we'd never make the claim that they're like new, but they're well above average for a car of its age. The door cards and carpeting are free of any stains or markings as well. The expansive dash and center console are in great shape and haven't suffered from any sort of distortion or sun damage over the years. It does have an aftermarket Carrozzerria head unit and sound processor that does work, however, you'll probably still want to switch them out with something more US compatible. Fitted with all the factory options of the day; automatic climate control, power windows, locks, and mirrors are all functioning properly.
Mechanically this car has been well kept up, and with the mileage this low it's to be expected. The mid-mounted 3S-GE has been left untouched which is both reassuring and surprising. Typically we expect to see small changes like an air intake or an exhaust, but this one is still just the way Toyota had intended all those years ago. Factory rated at 163 hp this little coupe is no slouch either. The MR2 is a prime example that you don't need to have crazy power to make a car fun. The two-liter fires right up thanks to a new battery and has a surprisingly strong note right out of the box. The N/A cars certainly have a different tone to them which only gets better the farther into the rev range you get. The 5 speeds shifts easily and the factory gearbox was really well set up by Toyota. The shifts are very precise without the need for aftermarket help. Since it still has the factory suspension the ride is quite nice so longer highway drives aren't back-breaking. Parts are readily available stateside for these which is always one of people's biggest concerns with imported vehicles. So for those after a proper sports car that could easily handle daily duty then look no further!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.