Toyota MR2 Mk1
Toyota MR2 Mk1
Technical Specification

Mark & Model Toyota MR2 Mk1
Year 1988
Registration plate Jersey registered
Chassis Number JTICOAW1100146740
Engine Number 4A 1368305
Engine Capacity 1587 cc
Transmissions 5-speed manual
Mileage 85,324
Body style 2-door coupe
Interior color Blue
Exterior color Dark blue metallic
Seating capacity 2
Wheels and Tyres Alloy wheels
Asking Price £ 9,950
The Toyota MR2 made its debut as a prototype - the SV-3 – at the 1983 Tokyo motor show, with a transverse mid-engine layout and rear-wheel drive. This exotic-sounding specification had been tried by several European manufacturers in small sports cars and gained acceptance as providing good handling and being fun to drive. With very few changes, the prototype was put into production the following year and became Japan’s first mid-engine production car. It was first offered in the UK at the end of 1984 and sales far exceeded expectations, with 13,580 examples being sold between 1985 and 1989, when the second generation model appeared. The MR2 used a 1.6 litre, DOHC, four-valves-per-cylinder motor, with electronic fuel injection and Toyota’s own T-VIS variable intake system, driving through a 5-speed manual transmission (or 4-speed automatic). The claimed power output was 128 hp, delivering 0–60 mph times in the mid to high 8 seconds and standing 1⁄4 mile times in the mid to high 16 second range. The car’s powertrain layout required a complex 5-bulkhead construction, but without too much weight penalty and Lotus provided help with suspension design and handling characteristics. This first generation MR2 was sold new, in Jersey, in late 1988 and has had just 2 owners over the last 4 decades. The recorded mileage is believed correct (matching service records) and the car has been kept in a well maintained, original condition.
This is an excellent, well-cared for and well-presented example of the iconic first series Toyota MR2. With a relatively low mileage and in good condition throughout, it will provide many more years of enjoyable, two-seater fun.
The bodywork is largely original, with some repair and re-painting work undertaken in 2018. There is a little evidence of long-term use with some minor paint blemishes in the dark blue metallic paint finish, but in general it is in a very good, corrosion-free condition.
The interior is in excellent unmarked condition, with the blue cloth seats showing little evidence of extended use. The carpeting and doorcards are similarly in very good condition, and the sunroof fully functional and watertight.
The car drives very well, performing in a lively fashion as might be anticipated from a lightweight mid-engined sportscar. Before sale it will be given a full service, new timing belt and new exhaust to maintain its excellent condition.
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