1994 Toyota MR2 GTS
Toyota was dropping some real hits back in the 90's 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 1994 the SW20 had already made a name for itself after replacing the smaller, less powerful, AW11. Now going into it's third revision the GTS model received several nice new touches. Now fitted with the more trademark rounded Kouki tail lights that give a much cleaner look than the outgoing ones. The rear out amber turn signals have been smoked to give the back end a bit more aggressive tone. The body has been kept largely all original with a few choice additions Greddy Gracer side skirts and rear spats give the car a lower profile and in turn really showcase the Fujitsubo catback. Super White (040) makes any car look good, and this one is no exception. The paint does show some age on it, largely with some etchings in the clearcoat, but nothing is really faded or peeling. A good paint correction goes a long way when you're dealing with 25 year old paint. The FRP side skirts do have some small chips and nicks in them, but show well overall. The rest of the body is very straight and has very few routine blemishes. As a whole the car appears to have been very well maintained over it's 86K verified miles. The slicktop, wing free, profile is taken over the top by a staggered set of Bronze Super Advan SA3R (16"/17") wrapped in fresh rubber. The wheels are timeless and instantly recognizable, plus who isn't a sucker for white over bronze? The pop ups have been retrofitted with considerably better HID's and pair with a proper set of yellow fogs.
The interior has been kept pretty much all stock with merely the addition of a 3 spoke Momo wheel. The leather wrapped wheel is in great shape however does have some standard wear at the 3 O'clock position. Atop the adjustable steering column is an Auto Gauge boost gauge to keep tabs on actual boost levels verses the comical stock one. The interior cloths have been kept up astonishingly well. The seats are free of any bolster wear, stains, or small tears. The driver's seat has been replaced in favor of a slightly later model one with a bit more support while the passenger is still the original. The same can be said about the door cards and carpeting. Even the original shift knob has held up great. 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 suspension has had a full overhaul with Cusco coilovers on all four corners. A Cusco strut tower brace helps to tie the front end together, and while her we've replaced the inner and outer tie rods. For the most part the motor has been kept all stock. It does have a larger aluminum intake and filter to help make the turbo more pronounced. With it mounted right behind your head, it definitely is more noticeable in the car. A Fujitsubo catback sounds far better than the stock exhaust and really opens up when you hit boost. The suspension is compliant and the power delivery is fantastic. These cars are an absolute blast to drive, and with both factory adjustments and aftermarket ones the the notorious snap oversteer of the earlier models have been addressed. 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. Now's your chance to jump on a proper, one of a kind, JDM sports car!
*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.