Collectible Classic: 1985-1989 Toyota MR2

Eric McCandless

The Mister Two, as it's affectionately known, is perhaps the best evidence that, buried deep in the corporate hallways of Toyota, there exist true car enthusiasts whose passion could take ordinary components and build a serious rival to real sports cars. A Toyota that could beat up on a Ferrari, as it were. Perhaps, as we wrote back then, "we should drop the Mister nickname and start calling it Sir."


ENGINES: 1.6L DOHC I-4, 112-115 hp, 97-100 lb-ft;1.6L DOHC supercharged I-4, 145 hp, 140 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 5-speed manual; 4-speed automatic
DRIVE: Rear-wheel
SUSPENSION, FRONT: Strut-type, coil springs
SUSPENSION, REAR: Strut-type, coil springs
BRAKES F/R: Vented discs/discs
WEIGHT: 2400-2600 lb


92,000 (U.S. market, est.)

$10,999 (1985)


The MR2's handling put Japan on the mid-engine map. Its cool, 1980s, origami-inspired styling still looks great, and these cars have lived up to their reputation for reliability and indestructibility. Plus, Dan Gurney helped with the chassis tuning, and there are two trunks. Numerous clubs and websites are dedicated to modifying these cars, so finding a stock example-like Lee's-can be difficult. In your favor, though, is the fact that the first-generation MR2 outsold each of the next two generations by approximately three to one.

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Have a white mr2 for sale in Maryland area. 3four7 five 8 nine 6zero3zero
We have a 1985 red MR2 that only has 3800 miles on it that we'd like to sell.  Everything is original on it, including the tires.  We are having a hard time trying to determine an asking price, as none of our research has located a car with so few miles and such good condition.  Please help us with a reasonable selling price.
Rochelle Brinton
I have a 1986 red MR2 with aerodynamic package, moonroof. It is clean, seats like new, leaks some oil, and has a superficial paint abrasion on the right front bumper. It's very comfortable, drives very well, very responsive. What is the going selling price for my car? I'm considering letting it go after 27 years of ownership. It's very fun, but you already know that! I still get "thumbs-ups" from impressed car enthusiasts.
Linda Schwier
I have a 1987 Toyota MR2 that I want to sell. Blown engine. Tires are flat. Interior looks great and so does body for a car that has sat outdoors for the last 20  years.
I would be interested in your Mr2. Call me three six oh five two one three eight two one
Is your mr2 still for sale?

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