1992 Toyota SW20 MR2
Stock Number: 4350
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. While the stock bodylines have become quite legendary we feel there's always room for customization, our motto isn't "custom is freedom" for nothing after all. Our latest 1992 comes to us sporting quite a few rare bits along with some great aftermarket accessories. Right off the bat, you're hard-pressed not to notice the particularly aggressive front end. Border racing was turned to for most all of the aero components; a new front bumper, bonnet, vented fenders, and rear cooling flap. While all of the aero looks good, it was designed with a purpose. The larger front opening allows for better cooling with the reverse scooped hood allowing for the air to pass through reducing drag. The fenders use much of the same concept while the rear cooling flap helps to reduce pressure above the hood to allow for the factory louvers to better do their job. To keep the lines flowing Tom's side skirts were fitted and really give the side profile the look it was missing. In keeping with the looks, a set of blacked-out vintage 3 piece Work wheels seals the deal. While the stock suspension is good the ride height sits a bit too high for a car this clean so Cusco coilovers were employed to get the height down to a more acceptable level on top of the added control. It seems safe to say the car was resprayed when all of the bodywork was added which means the Super White (040) is in great shape. Unlike most aftermarket body panels, these line up quite well and are largely blemish-free. Of course, any 25 year old car will have a few dents and dings from daily driving, but nothing out of the ordinary.
The interior has a very similar style by upgrading some of the key pieces. The biggest change-up comes in the seats. An old school Recaro Confetti replaces the driver's seat and offers a ton more lateral support. The passenger seat is the rare factory optioned Recaro, both of which are in great condition. Free of the typical bolster wear or discoloration from use over the years. The same can be said about the dash which can be prone to peeling or cracks from sun damage. The door cards and carpeting are also free of any stains or markings. While the stock radio has been replaced with a double din it will need to be replaced with something more US-friendly as it has little use here. The black leather Momo wheel matches the small shift knob well, yet for being so short still feels great when going through the gears. Atop the steering column is a Blitz digital turbo timer which is a far more compact unit than most turbo timers of the era. While being a sports car at heart Toyota didn't leave out all of the factory options of the day; automatic climate control, power windows, locks, and mirrors which are all functioning properly.
The 3S-GTE power plant is notorious for its reliability and ability to make great horsepower right out of the box. Mechanically this one has been kept largely stock but is sporting a few bonus power adders. The factory air box has been replaced with an open-element filter that really amps up the intake tone inside the cabin. To help out on the other end is a Fujitsubo single exit catback exhaust. The exhaust sounds wicked on startup with a deep tone that really opens up with the throttle. Since it still retains the original cat and a full resonator it's not something that's going to drown you out on the highway or drive the neighbors crazy when you fire it up for early morning cars and coffee. Mated to the only gearbox option, a proper 5 speed, makes it a blast out on back roads. The clutch engages firmly, yet doesn't feel like you're in the gym every time you depress the pedal. These cars are very forgiving around town and surprisingly fuel-efficient if you can manage to keep your foot out of it. Plus with the overlap with the US MR2, you could literally take it into your local Toyota dealership for maintenance if you really wanted to. While it was well maintained in Japan with only 72K verified miles, since landing here our techs have gone over the vehicle and replaced some routine wear items like a new set of tires and a typical oil change. For the true enthusiast, it doesn't get much better than this Toyota. A reliable, turbo, mid-engine car is a rarity nowadays, but this one ticks all the boxes and then some.
*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.