1992 Toyota MR2
Stock Number: 4433
Mid-engine sports cars are usually reserved for those with deep pockets, however, the MR2 proved that you could offer an inexpensively reliable and fun midship coupe for the masses. This 1992 3S-GTE powered example includes a bunch of nice upgrades, both performance and visual. The body is in good shape other than some normal scuffs dings and dents associated with normal use. Finished in a stunning Onyx Black (202), the Border front bumper and TRD wing accent the flowing body lines of this two-door, with some help from a beautiful set of Volk multipiece wheels.
The MR2's cockpit is snug but has some nice storage options and decent ergonomics. Power windows and locks make the ownership experience much more pleasurable. An adjustable column makes accommodation for drivers tall and small and a Momo steering wheel is used to pilot this rig. A blitz boost gauge is within view so you can keep an eye on all that positive pressure. The dash is neither cracked or distorted. The door cards and headliner are in good shape, and the blue cloth seats are comfy for daily use and they lack and major damage including rips, stains, or tears. The carpets have been nicely cared for over the years and show little signs of wear. The automatic climate control works as it should, however, the audio system is no longer powered. It's not that bad considering all the awesome noises this high strung four-cylinder belts out. Extra storage can be found behind the seats, in between the front two occupants and in the "frunk" if your plan is to take a day trip somewhere.
The mid-mounted engine and transmission are quintessential Toyota. The 1998cc 3S-GTE makes plenty of power and really good low-end torque. With a twist of a key, she fires right up and sets into a constant idle. The cluster reads 63K miles, and although the engine sounds strong, we could verify the miles. The factory exhaust has been replaced with a free-flowing Fujitsubo unit and it sounds throaty enough. A fresh oil and filter service has been performed ensuring that no scheduled service is required for another three thousand miles. Toyota's five-speed manual gearbox is an absolute gem and is a blast to row through the gears. Acceleration is brisk, and an HKS EVC and HKS intake increase horsepower ever so slightly. The brakes feel confident and the handling is flat and firm. The front strut tops are tied together with a Cusco brace and a matching one is located in the rear, increasing chassis stiffness. The OEM dampers were replaced with adjustable Kei Office coilovers. The Volk GR-A wheels fit perfectly and are all shod with new tires at all four corners.
The MR2 looks great and drives even better. Known for its reliability, performance, and rarity it is a very special Japanese Classic.
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