Collectible Classic: 1985-1989 Toyota MR2

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Collectible Classic: 1985-1989 MR2

A quarter of a century has passed the first issue of AUTOMOBILE arrived on newsstands. It seems only yesterday to many of us, but that cannot be so, since the Toyota MR2 that graced the of our premiere issue has migrated to the of the book. Once a cover the first-generation MR2 is now a Collectible Classic.


Not that the AW11-chassis MR2 was brand-new in of 1986. It had already been on the for more than a year, but made it a spring chicken with the Ferrari 308 parked to it, which was in its twelfth year. In first issue, we did the unthinkable, a $14,778 Toyota against a Ferrari. Then, we lost our and declared the cheap Japanese car the

Toyota Classic

God help the Italians if the Japanese decide to build supercars, David E. Davis, Jr. Time, the NSX, and the Lexus LFA would that divine assistance is not yet for Ferrari, but it’s still that the MR2 was a very special Special because of its looks, mid-engine layout, and, all, because it was so unexpected, from a conservative company Toyota.

Still, the MR2 was very a Toyota. Whereas the cabins of mid-engine cars were with more compromises cubic feet, the MR2’s was a model of ergonomic perfection, if less than aesthetically The dashboard’s multiple pods and appear, in retrospect, to be an attempt to interior designers, but all of the important are placed within easy To describe the cabin as minuscule be an understatement, but with a greenhouse only by the thinnest of pillars,

the view out is better than from a modern convertible its top down.

Despite the MR2’s microscopic the cabin feels quite Highly adjustable seats are so comfortable that you’ve no but to forgive the oh-so-1980s scrunchie-accordion-rubber on the headrest uprights. The pedals are properly in front of the driver than pushed toward the because of wheel-well intrusion, as in mid-engine cars). The two-spoke wheel was not pretty back and time hasn’t helped its but it’s attached to something we see in cars today: a manual rack. With fewer 1100 pounds on the front the steering isn’t unduly even at parking-lot speeds, but the wheel on a back road and the MR2 with notable aplomb. is no surprise, since Toyota Dan Gurney to help with the chassis tuning.

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