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Autotrader Find: 1985 Toyota MR2 with Under 20,000 Miles


This Autotrader Find is an extremely well-preserved, low-mileage first-generation Toyota MR2.  The MR2 is Toyota’s distinguished mid-engined sports car, and this one is likely one of the finest examples left in existence.

The ‘Mister Two’, as it’s become known colloquially, was sold over three generations.  The first was offered from the 1985 through 1989 model years and sported the sharp, wedge-shaped styling you see here. The second-generation MR2 was offered in the US from 1991 through 1995, and wore curvier styling.  While its run was short-lived in the US, production of the second-gen model lasted through 1999 in foreign markets.  The third-generation was officially marketed as the ‘MR2 Spyder’ and sold in the US from 2000 through 2005. It differed from the first two in that it adopted a convertible body style and made a little less power.

As for specifics on the first-generation MR2, it was sold with a 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine putting out between 112 and 115 horsepower, depending on model year.  Starting with the 1988 model year, this engine was available with a supercharger that increased output to 145 horsepower.  Transmission options were a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.  A ‘T-Bar’ or t-top-style roof was offered since the MR2’s launch in Japan, but was only made available in the US starting with the vehicle’s 1987 facelift.

Hailing from the 1985 model year, this MR2 has a red exterior over a black interior with red seat inserts.  It has the five-speed manual transmission, and comes with just 19,747 miles on the odometer, meaning it’s likely one of the lowest mileage MR2s left in the world that isn’t in a museum. It sounds like it’s being offered on consignment, and that the seller recently purchased the vehicle from its original owner. The listing states that the car had been in storage since 1990, but has recently been given a mechanical and cosmetic refresh in preparation for sale.   If you’re interested in owning a pristine example of Toyota’s mid-engine sports car, this 1985 MR2 is offered by an independent collector car dealership in Naperville, IL with an asking price of $27,800.  Find a Toyota MR2 for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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