1993 Toyota MR2 GT-S T-Top
Stock Number: 4592
With its midship layout, lightweight chassis, and high revving turbo motor, the Toyota MR2 is a cult classic. Then again with its combination of power, reliability, and handling how could it not be? By '93 the SW20 had already made a name for itself after replacing the smaller, less powerful, AW11. Its bodylines more fluid, the interior revised, along with a far superior chassis. Its distinct lines are instantly recognizable and still current today. The latest Super Red (3E5) GT-S has been left largely untouched from the factory with only 63K verified miles making it an ideal blank canvas for its next owner. Since these were sold here in the US, both OEM and aftermarket parts are readily available making them far more practical. The paint shows quite well, however, is evident that it was resprayed at some point. We can tell there was some repair work done to the rockers/lower door area so we assume the car was resprayed after all of that. The repair work appears to have been properly done so its little concern, but we did want to make note of it. Of course, with any vehicle of this age there are going to be some minor door dings and stone chips, but nothing you wouldn't accrue with any daily driver. It's a shame that pop up headlights have gone to the wayside, they make such an iconic look. These are functioning properly as are the factory fogs for days that the weather simply isn't up to par.
When you think about it, most affordable performance offerings from auto manufacturers have a tendency to cut corners on the interior. Toyota had no such plans, using premium materials and crafty storage can be found all around the cabin. When discussing quality, and how vehicles stand the test of time, a couple of indicators can usually tell you a lot. The dash, for instance, is often discolored and cracked, however, that is not the case in our car. T-Top cars are more prone to sun damage which makes this one a real gem. The seats, just like the door cards, have aged quite well. The GT-S trim spec is fitted with soft two-tone black and gray cloth still sit tight taut on the doors and the seats have retained fantastic bolstering. Normally we expect to see some bolster wear or fading but this one has been largely spared from any notable blemishes. With its very driver-centric the dash is well laid out and all of your pertinent information is easy to read. All of the powered functions such as the power windows, automatic climate control are right at hand. All of which are functioning as expected with the A/C blowing cold. Admittedly, the car is never going to be an icebox but it certainly helps out on these dog days of summer.
Its always an experience hearing an engine spark to life when its located behind you, as opposed to upfront. 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 all stock, just like the rest of the car. The 4 cylinder is quick to fire up and sounds surprisingly good through the stock exhaust. A lot of cars that come in with the factory exhaust have a tendency to sound a bit drab, but not this guy. Mated to the only gearbox option, a proper 5 speed, makes it a blast out on back roads. The 5 speed in these are crisp and easy to run through. 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 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. Steering and handling are considered two of these models' best characteristics, and this particular one really delivers. As with most of our vehicles, this one has new rubber on all four corners and a fresh oil change as well. 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. A real turn-key Japanese Classic, this MR2 won't last long!
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