Although Toyota must have the stable mass, the company sometimes does something unexpected. The mid-engine sports car Toyota MR2 is something like that. The life of the Toyota MR2 started in 1976 when Toyota started a project with the aim of producing a car that was fun to drive, but still had to use civilized fuel. Initially, the goal was not even to make a real sports car. But that has become the MR2 in the purest sense. The MR2 is a party animal for every mate and technically he is highly reliable. But there are some points for attention
The Toyota MR2
The first generation Toyota MR2 is a two-person, rear-wheel drive sports car with the engine centrally located and was developed by Toyota and was built between 1984-1989. In French the name 'MR2' sounds like est merdeux. Because of the association with the word "merde" ("shit") the car was sold there under the name MR. In English, the MR2 is often referred to as “Mister Two”.
It is a sandwich story that the Toyota MR2 was developed by Lotus and built and sold by Toyota. The MR2 was developed by Toyota involving Lotus engineer Roger Becker for suspension and handling. Due to its mid / rear engine and small dimensions, the Toyota MR2 is often compared to more exotic sports cars. And that is right again.
Serious purchase advice in the February issue of AMK
Because the range is quantitatively impressive. In terms of quality, however, there are some left and right things to mention that can make the owner significantly less happy after purchasing. A large part of the offer (on the Internet) concerns technically and / or cosmetically wasted and / or neglected specimens. We are talking about the first series of 1984-1989, the AW10-AW11 series. The Toyota MR2s drove, just like the big exotic sports cars of their time. And the power source used was the first mass-produced four-valve.
Aart van der Haagen put the whole story on paper for you.