1994 Toyota SW20 GT-S
Stock Number: 4325
Some designs never seem to fall out of style. The SW20 was one of those cars that has a classic look yet never seems dated. The body lines are soft yet aggressive, the interior is driver-focused but comfortable, and the drivetrain has its own cult following. '94 Brings us into the 3rd iteration of this chassis with every evolution only making the car that much better. Subtle aesthetic and mechanical changes continue to make this platform as effective on tracks as it is pulling daily duty. Hands down one of the best aspects of this particular car is the color. While we don't have Toyota's production numbers, Tropical Blue Metallic (8B6) is no doubt one of the rarest factory colors available. While the photos showcase the car well, it truly doesn't do the car justice. The pearl really pops when you get it out under the sun. The paint shows particularly well with only minor blemishes. The one spot of note is the rear wing. Since the material is different than the body it does have some fading in comparison to the rest of the car. No clear coat peeling or anything severe, but it does show a bit more age than the rest of the car. The all-stock bodywork showcases the color well, and some of those subtle revision such as the color-matched rear garnish, get brought to life. With its trademark front fogs, the larger single-piece rear wing that everyone loves and the updated Kouki tail lights this one really turns heads. As well as the paint shows, the body holds up equally well. The paint and body each have some minor blemishes, but nothing out of the ordinary. With 122K verified miles, this MR2 appears to have been very well preserved over the years. Since these sit a little tall from the factory Tein coilovers were added to reduce the wheel gap and help settle the car down in the twisties. 3 piece 16" Work Autostrada Modena wheels replace the stockers and really look great.
The interior is GT-S trim spec which included cloth seats and door panel inserts. The dash is in excellent condition with no sun damage or cracks which is a common issue with cars of the era. The cloth seats are in very good condition and have no major rips or tears. Even the driver side bolster shows very minor wear which is normally the first spot to go. The door panels have no major wear and look fantastic. All of the interior panels are also in great shape as it's clear this vehicle has been well taken care of, you would never guess it was 25 years old. While the interior has been kept pretty much all original there have been a few minor modifications. A classic 3 spoke Momo wheel replaces the clunky factory one and looks right at home in the surprisingly spacious cockpit. A newer Kenwood headunit was added which does have a USB input which is nice, however, it still has limited radio options stateside. Of course, swapping it out with something newer and more US compatible is much easier now that the factory one has already been replaced. The basic power accessories are all present and accounted for; power windows, locks, and automatic climate control.
The 3S-GTE power plant is notorious for its reliability and ability to make great horsepower right out of the box. Combine that with the factory standard Viscous LSD transmission (E153) and you've got yourself one incredibly fun car to drive. Ours already has a few of the basic bolt-ons already checked off for its next owner. An HKS hard pipe intake and heat shield is nestled down by the passenger rear inlet. Due to the placement right behind the cabin it really makes that larger factory turbo known. A Trust single exit catback exhaust lets out a deep rumble when you turn the key. The two-liter fires right up and while more noticeable than stock, it's not going to drive your neighbors crazy. The 5 speed in these is exceptionally crisp and easy to run through. Clutch engagement is smooth and pretty forgiving while you get the hang of left-hand shifting. All of the routine maintenance has been brought up to date. Two tires, new tie rods and bellow boots, a replacement thermostat, and a standard oil change has it turn-key and ready to go. The timing belt had just been replaced 6K miles ago so it shouldn't need to be addressed anytime soon. These latest model MR2s are some of our most popular cars and for good reason. Toyota's tried and true reliability, ample power on tap, timeless good looks, all in a package unlike anything you'll find here stateside. Don't miss out on this truly rare Japanese Classic.
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