SOTW: MK1 TOYOTA MR2
Shed spots a Japanese gem, and proves that Toyotas can be good
Today's SOTW is proof of Toyota's passion. The MR2's origins actually go back to 1976, when Toyota decided that it wanted to build a small sports car that was both enjoyable to drive and fairly economical, but the car didn't actually appear until the Tokyo motor show in 1983, before going on sale in the UK in 1985.
special-edition RGB Elise - and even spent some development time with former F1 driver Dan Gurney behind the wheel.
The result was a fun, light coupe. As a result, the first-generation model has always had a bit of a cult following, although the attentions of rot and the tendency for the cars to be backed into objects at high speed has made them quite rare these days.
Only1ian) - the proud owner of three Mk1 MR2s - has proved. He's spotted this one and sent it through to Shed, having been inspired by the forthcoming FT-86 coupe, as a reminder of how good some Toyotas have been in the past.
"If you dont use it," says Ian, "I'd love to know what you could have possibly found that's more fun, topical and cheap!" Quite right Ian - it looks clean, it's got an MOT but no rust, and for Shed's notional £1k budget you should have some spare change for a bit of repair work, should you need it.
Perhaps a telling insight into just how much the Mister-Two gets under your skin is this comment of the vendor's: "I already have a MK1 MR2 and spent a small fortune on it and have been told in no uncertain terms - not again."
This one's even red, so you can pretend it's a baby Ferrari (except one that's reliable and cheap to run).
Advert is reproduced below:
77,000 miles £800
I have for sale a red 1989 Mk1 MR2 T - Bar
I have this car checked out by my friendly mechanic who carried out the MOT and there is nothing wrong with.
The rear wheel arches have been repaired and are therefore rust free. Body wise it is in very good condition.
Underneath is in excellent condition.
Interior is also in very good condition.
T - Bar does not leak
Rear window spoiler is missing
I already have a MK1 MR2 and spent a small fortune on it and have been told in no uncertain terms - not again
Please feel free to ask any questions