2021 Shannons Summer Timed Online Auction
1987 Toyota MR2 Coupe
Bids Close: Tuesday 23rd February 8.56pm AEDT*
|Engine||In-line 4-cylinder, 1587cc|
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Building on experience gained in the tough arena of international rallying, Toyota unveiled a mid-engined two-seater concept car called the SV-3 at the 1983 Tokyo Motor Show and just twelve months later the MR2 (Mid-engined Roadster 2-Seater) became a production reality. Small, light and perfectly balanced thanks to the mid-ship engine placement, the MR2 evoked the spirit of earlier Italian sports cars like Fiat’s X1/9 but with the added benefit of Japanese reliability and ergonomics. Weighing jut 950 kgs and powered by a transerve-mounted high-tech 1.6-litre 4A-GE four-cylinder featuring twin overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, DENSO electronic port fuel injection and trick variable intake geometry, the motor developed 120 horsepower and drove the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission, although a four-speed auto was optional in some markets. Australian buyers had to wait until 1987 to get their hands on Toyota’s fabulous new model and, priced at $34,000, it faced no real competition, with other mid-engined exotica costing significantly more. The first generation MR2 received rave reviews around the world, winning Wheels magazine’s favourite sports car award in 1988 and strong sales ensured the car had a loyal following around the globe. More than three decades later, values of the original MR2 are on the rise as a new generation of fans have come to appreciate the same qualities that made these fabulous mid-engined sports cars so desirable when new. The hard part is finding an original, unmodified example.