1994 Toyota MR2 GT-S
By 1994 Toyota was in full swing when it came to it's proper sports car lineup. Only a handful of vehicles were being built with a true mid engine, rear wheel drive setup for weight distribution. This movement is finally starting to catch on in the supercar world, but Toyota was one of the pioneers. By this point the SW20 had already made a name for itself after replacing the smaller, less powerful, AW11 model. '94 being the 3rd revision to the lineup which meant some of the growing pains of the earlier models has been worked out. Most notably the suspension has been revised to eliminate the lift off over steer that the earlier models were known for. Aesthetically some small changes make a big impact. The kouki tail lights are a sleek upgrade over the outgoing generation along with the clear corner lights. While stock is good, custom is freedom. A fully Greddy Gracer kit was installed and really matches the tone of the car well. The lines of the Greddy kit could almost be mistaken as OEM. One thing to make note of, our flat showroom lift wouldn't pick up the car without damaging the side skirts so underbody shots can be supplied upon request. While our MR2 originally left Toyota in it's Dark Green Pearl (6M1) it has since been swapped to a more fitting sports car color; Super Red (3E5.) Based on the way the kit and car match up so well we assume that the color swap was done at the same time the aero was added. The color change was really well done, the only real sign of the original color are in the front boot underneath the spare tire. Both paint and body show little signs of wear from the years. Other aftermarket additions come by way of 17" bronze Rays Gram Lights 57C's. Aside from the size and weight advantages, the bronze really fits the look of the car. While it's currently close to factory height, it does have adjustable Blitz coilovers.
The interior has been kept largely all stock, however there are a few minor change ups to note. Most notably the driver's seat has been replaced with a very hard to find adjustable plaid Recaro. While we see a lot of aftermarket seats come through here, this one is a first. Aside from a bit of puckering along the out bolster, the seat has held up very well. The passenger's seat is original, and has been kept up with particularly well. Both seats and carpets are free of any notable stains or tears, even the dash has been well preserved. A classic Nardi 3 spoke replaces the clunky original one and looks right at home when you open the door. Both the wheel and OEM shift knob are in great shape considering their such high usage items. Atop the steering column is a Greddy turbo timer with adjustable time settings. Being a Toyota all of the powered accessories are still functioning properly. These came with power windows, mirrors, door locks, and an automatic climate control. The A/C is great in this one for the dog days of summer up ahead. And since it's a hardtop you won't have the sun beating down on you constantly. In turn that has helped with sun damage as T-Tops have a tendency to accelerate that issue.
Mechanically the 3S-GTE also received a bit of an overhaul with the 3rd revision. Power was bumped up to 242 and the E153 5 speed received upgraded synchros to help smooth out the gearbox. The mid mounted four cylinder puts it's power down to the rear wheels thanks to a Viscous LSD. The 3S-GTE power plant is notorious for it's reliability and ability to make great horsepower right out of the box. With only 86K verified miles we're only just getting started. Ours already has a few of the basic bolt ons already checked off for it's next owner. The HKS intake sounds fantastic right behind your head. At startup you'll immediately note the Fujitsubo catback exhaust. The MR2 fires up with a nice low growl that really opens up when the turbo spools. Shifts through the 5 speed are crisp and the clutch is surprisingly forgiving. To help out the coilovers, a Cusco strut tower brace sits atop the engine bay to help with rigidity. With parts being readily available here in the US, and the ability for the Toyota dealer to even work on them, these cars make excellent daily drivers. While we've had the car it's got a fresh battery and oil change to make sure it's ready to roll out of here. Now's your chance to jump on a proper, one of a kind, JDM sports coupe!
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