‘NEW MR2 ARRIVES, Cheaper than a Lotus Elan, Faster than a Mazda MX5 and as much fun as a Ferrari’
Harkening back over 33 years, this was the front page of the Autocar & Motor, dated 19th April, 1990. The magazine would have set you back £1.10 and the T-Bar version of the MR2 almost £17000. How times have changed.
This particular car was sold new in to its first owner on the 1st August 1991 by Ashley’s Toyota in Southport. Registered on the owner’s DVLA select plate J7WMW and finished in Super White 2 with Black Leather interior and optional dealer fitted mud-flaps and additional Toyota CD player, complementing the factory fitted radio cassette.
The car was a retirement treat, garaged and sparingly used in fair weather and maintained initially by Toyota and thereafter by a local mechanic. Some years later after ill health the car was passed on to the owner’s wife who kept the car until 2012 at which point the mileage being under 20,000 miles. Thereafter it was looked after by a family member who covered a mere 3,000 miles during the eight years that followed.
In 2020 the car was sold to a car enthusiast who kept the car regularly maintained, including replacing the cambelt and water pump and enjoyed a further 9,000 miles of careful dry use in the three years of ownership.
Today, this fabulous example has covered only 32,481 miles and has recently completed a 430 mile road trip, driving flawlessly and averaging an impressive 42MPG. It’s the best example we’ve driven and its condition is quite special.
As you will see from the MOT history the car has been properly maintained in its 32 years of ownership and is free from any of the corrosion issues that can affect the MK2 models, in particular the sills that are venerable. It still retains its supplying dealer livery, number plates, rear window sticker and key fobs. The glass T-Tops and rubber seals are perfect and include the original sunshades and sunshade storage bags. All the original books and book pack folder remain along with a Toyota Sports sales catalogue featuring the MR2 range.
This is an absolute dream for any JDM collector, either to be kept in careful storage or used in fair weather for many years to come.