1993 Toyota MR2
Stock Number: 4445
Between its midship layout, lightweight chassis, and high revving turbo motor, the Toyota MR2 is a cult classic. With its combination of power, reliability, and handling how could it not be? This '93 does have one key feature not found on the equivalent USDM models, and that's the fixed-roof coupe option. All turbo US SW20's came with the T-Tops making these rather unique. The lack of glass means a reduction in weight, increased handling, and added chassis rigidity. Finished in Toyota's classic Black Onyx (202) it always looks good on this body. The body has been kept pretty much all OEM with the exception of the Autopista rear wing. While the wing flows with the stock mounts it has a more pronounced style which really adds some flair to the back end. The paint does show its age a bit with some etching in the clear coat, particularly on the rear engine cover and trunk area. There's no peeling or egregious chips, but it could stand a good paint correction which could frankly be said about most of our cars. The bodywork is in great shape save for a few typical little door dings. 16" yellow and polished lip wheels give the sports coupe a more aggressive look which is great since the stock wheels can be a bit lackluster.
The interior has quite a few nice upgrades starting with the reclinable Bride Brix. These seats are a favorite amongst enthusiasts due to the aggressive bolstering that doesn't sacrifice comfort on long drives. We usually expect to see some bolster wear from getting in and out over the years but this one has actually been really well preserved. The passenger seat is equally clean, free of any notable stains or tears. The other high wear item is the steering wheel, but this classic Nardi three-spoke is in great shape and feels even better in the hand. The trademark stubby shifter has also held up well over the years and makes for very precise shifts. All of the interior plastics are in great shape, unsurprising, as it's clear this vehicle has been well taken care of. SW20 dashes are prone to sun damage and this one shows no signs of warping or cracking. Atop the gauge cluster is a Greddy boost gauge since the stock one is a joke. Down to the left of the driver is a Blitz EGT gauge to keep a better eye on things. Due to the TRD gauge cluster swap, the 45K miles it shows are obviously not verified, but it sure is a nice upgrade over the factory cluster. Fitted with all the factory options of the day; automatic climate control, power windows, locks, and mirrors are all functioning properly. The A/C blows cold making it a great place to spend an afternoon blasting around backroads.
The 3S-GTE power plant is notorious for it's 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 a Greddy intake which really amps up the intake tone inside the cabin. The side mount intercooler has also been upgraded to prevent any heat soak and is now utilizing a full hard piping kit as well. The 3S-GTE fires right up and idles nicely. Power comes on smoothly from the 2.0 and the turbo spools up quickly. When the turbo comes online you know it, making this car a real blast when you put your foot in it. The factory exhaust is better than you would expect, but luckily is the same parts wise as the USDM models so you have plenty of options around if you want to improve on it a bit. Shifting through the 5-speed manual transmission is smooth, and free of any grinds. This car is perfect for someone that's after a fantastic driver's car that could easily pull daily duty. The stock suspension does a great job when you want to have some fun but isn't going to drive you crazy on typically crappy highways. With its new rubber and fresh oil change its ready to start putting a smile on your face.
*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.