1992 Toyota MR2 GT-S Coupe
Available for: $14,995
Stock Number: 4673
Toyota was dropping some real hits back in the '90s with the Celica, Supra, and MR2 being atop the list. No drivetrain configuration was out of the question and everything got boosted. I mean, what more could you ask for? In 1992 the SW20 had already made a name for itself after replacing the smaller, less powerful, AW11. The SW20 was one of those cars that has a classic look yet never seems dated. The body lines are soft yet aggressive, the interior is driver-focused but comfortable, and the drivetrain has its own cult following. Hands down one of the best aspects of this particular car is the color. Finished in Turquoise Pearl (746) makes this MR2 a real head turner without the need for a ton of aftermarket help. While it looks good in photos actually getting it out in the light makes a world of difference. The paint looks great for its age with really few notable blemishes to report. The same can be said about the bodywork which has been kept up with great over the past 28 years which is impressive, to say the least.
The interior has been left almost all original and shows particularly well. The GT-S spec is fitted with cloth seats and door panel inserts which are in overall great shape. The driver side bolster does show some minor signs of wear from getting in and out over the years but is overall quite clean. The only real change-up comes in the form of an aftermarket radio and steering wheel. Since it already has an aftermarket unit it makes replacing it with something more US compatible much easier. The wheel itself appears to be an aftermarket one that they put the original Toyota centerpiece back on which is a nice touch. Otherwise, the stock interior has been left alone and well preserved. The dash has been kept from any sun damage or peeling, making it a particularly nice cabin to spend an afternoon in. Fitted with all the factory options of the day; automatic climate control, power windows, locks, and mirrors are all functioning properly. With such a quiet and rather well-appointed cabin, this would make a great candidate for a daily driver.
The 3S-GTE power plant is notorious for its reliability and ability to make great power right out of the box. Mechanically this one has been kept all stock which is refreshing to find at this day in age, especially with only 137K verified miles. The mid-mounted engine and transmission are quintessential Toyota. The 2.0L 3S-GTE makes plenty of power and really good low-end torque. With a quick twist of a key, she fires right up and sets into a constant idle thanks to a new battery. Toyota's five-speed manual gearbox is an absolute gem and is a blast to row through the gears thanks to a fresh fluid change. Acceleration is brisk, to say the least, and the powerband is superb. Once the turbo spools, it has a very linear pull all the way up to its 7K redline. The brakes feel confident and the handling is flat and firm. New rubber all around helps with that. When you're looking for the ultimate daily driver in the sports car segment then look no further than the MR2. With its mid-engine layout, brutish turbo-four coupled with a comfortable enough ride for the worst days of traffic the MR2 really does offer it all.
*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.