This '85 Toyota MR2 Is a Mid-Engine Sports Car That Demands New Corolla Money

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Ever since the Toyota MR2 drove off into the sunset in 2007, there have been constant rumors claiming the Japanese automaker would bring it back from the dead. The latest speaks about it supposedly retaining the mid-engine layout and using the same mill as the GR Corolla.
That's good news to anyone with a soft spot for affordable sports cars (and who doesn't love 'em?), though the next part will probably anger them, as it might be limited to the Land of the Rising Sun only. As a result, it could not reach Western markets at all, at least not through Toyota's dealership network.

Nonetheless, you can still enjoy a nice Toyota MR2 of your own, especially if you don't have a thing against used cars, and this 1985 copy is worth a look. The devil lies in the details, as the same person has owned it since it left the factory floor nearly four decades ago. It is a highly original vehicle with only 72,000 miles (¬116,000 km) under its belt that still has a lot of life left in it.

The first generation Toyota MR2 came with a selection of engines comprising a 1.5L and a pair of 1.6L units, with a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission channeling the output and thrust to the rear wheels. This one features the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter lump that was good for 112 horsepower in the United States specification, hooked up to the stick shift with five forward gears.

Sporting a silver paint finish and numerous black details, it rides on the period-correct wheels. The interior is also original and kind of Spartan compared to what we are used to in this day and age. However, it is one breath of fresh air to enthusiasts who don't care about having a massive screen in the middle of the dashboard next to a digital gauge cluster, as it is all about the driving part. And you do know that this is one model that was a peach to drive, don't you?

Now, for something born in the mid-80s and featuring Toyota logos on it, it is on the expensive side of things. But it is an MR2 mid-engine sports car and a very good one by the looks of it, so it shouldn't stay on the used car market for too long.

The Garage Kept Motors ad available here reveals that you will have to cough out $24,900 if you want to make it yours. To anyone keeping track, that's about as much as a new 2024 Corolla and less than a fresh-off-the-lot Camry. But has it convinced you to buy it, or would you still search the second-hand market for that perfect example?
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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