1994 MR2 Turbo
Since the late 1960's Toyota has always designed a few delightful sportscars to fill their product line-up. The 1990s were bountiful in that regard, and this 1994 MR2 slotted in nicely alongside the Supra and Celica GT-Four. What made the MR2 so special was the exotic mid-engine, rear-drive layout that was typically reserved for European exotics. Powered by a punchy 3S-GTE turbo-four, this agile coupe is fresh off a recent service, and is offered with only 133k verified and documented miles. Finished in a classic Toyota Black Onyx (202), the body is in good shape save for a few minor dings and chips associated with normal use. This SW20 drives phenomenally although we did want to note prior repairs in Japan include a new passenger side front fender and driver side quarter panel and trunk. Collectible, reliable, and most of all fun, this enthusiast special likely won't last long. For those in search of a true Japanese Classic, this mid 90's Toyota would make for a stellar daily driver or weekend cruiser that can pull double-duty and hit the track, too!
While the MR2 wasn't luxury-oriented, the cabin is full of power accessories and is logically laid out. The cabin design is driver facing, and you sit low-slung in the cockpit. The dash is in good shape and lacks the major cracking and distortion that does plague these SW20's. The switchgear is all at hand and a Kenwood headunit has replaced the OEM one for a more modern feel. It does have some limited stateside functionality, but who would ever turn it on with a fire-breathing turbo engine located directly behind your head. The factory automatic climate control is on hand and pipes in boiling hot heat for those who plan to take a few cruises this winter. While the A/C components are all there, we did want to note the system is inoperable and we took this into effect when we priced the MR2. The seats are in above-average shape and upholstered in a blue and gray cloth. They are supportive, adjustable, and lack any major rips, stains, or tears. The headliner is clean, and the carpets and door cards lack any major blemishes. That's not to say the cabin is perfect as we did want to note the window switch panel does not seat perfectly and there is leather wear on the shifter and steering wheel. On the positive side the electric windows, locks, and mirrors all work and make daily use enjoyable.
The chassis, simply put, is sublime and it's easy to see why these models have a cult following. The balanced nature of the platform and knife-edge handling is always great to have in a sporty two-seater, but this one also packs one hell of a wallop. The powerplant is fresh off an oil and filter service and jolts to life thanks to a new 12v battery. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a gem of a five-speed manual gearbox. It's a blast to row through the tree, and gear changes occur without any crunching or grinds. Mash the throttle and the Toyota sails up to highway speeds. The midrange power delivery is impressive and the throttle response is decent for a turbocharged engine. The suspension is predictable and communicative, as is the power steering and the brakes are more than capable of slowing this two-seater down to manageable speeds. The OEM alloys are all wrapped in new all-season tires that quiet down the road noise a good bit. They will also last for tens of thousands of miles to come and deliver plenty of grip when you need it most.
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