Kidney, Anyone? 22,000-mile 1989 Toyota MR2 SC


Where have cars like this gone? Back when Jean-Luc Picard was captain of the Enterprise, the only thing that could make Toyota’s lightweight midship runabout even more fun was taking its high-revving 4A-GE — the same one found in the legendary AE86 — and strapping on a factory supercharger. The result packed 145 angry horsepower into a sub-2500-pound car that looked as if it could transform into an Autobot at any moment.


If you were too young, poor or short-sighted to buy one in 1988, here’s your chance to redeem yourself. The original owner of a 1989 Toyota MR2 SC in South Windsor, Connecticut (the second New England car in a row!) is culling his herd. We don’t know how he could have resisted putting less than 22,000 miles on this car in over two decades, but his loss is your gain.


This black-on-black specimen has all the trimmings — leather, T-tops, and three pedals. It’s been garaged for its entire life, and we have to agree that the car looks pristine.


Behold the spotlessness of that 4A-GZE. At the time of this writing the bids are up to a tick over $11,000. The seller is saying goodbye because he’s got a 2003 Corvette Z06 to drive. We think that’s a huge mistake — legions of fanboys will ensure the ‘Vette is still plentiful in 20 years, but how will you find another MR2 like this?

[eBay via Autoblog]

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22 Responses to Kidney, Anyone? 22,000-mile 1989 Toyota MR2 SC

  1. Calus001 said:

    This is so beautiful it ruined my day

  2. E-AT_me said:

    he can have his vette.. i’ll take this one, thank you..

  3. bert said:

    I know from personal experience that a bone stock 86 MR2 without the supercharger will outhandle the Corvette, and is more civil and fun to drive on the road! Of course, the Vette will blow by the MR2 if given the chance, but, driven properly, the MR2 would be hard to keep up with!

  4. Nigel said:

    I think it takes a certain amount of “courage” to drive this car quickly.
    This one teaches the driver some skill.
    (Awesome engine bay with awesome engine).

  5. ken nakajima said:

    oh if only i was a rich guy id buy this car and all the other cars in previous kidney anyone?? posts

  6. Drive510 said:

    I love AW11′s. I was actually just on ebay looking at them before I pulled up JNC. DDRRROOOOLLLLLL!!

    Why do I keep looking when I’m not done with my car?? Anyone else have window shopping-itus??

  7. John said:

    “Support group” or “Enablers Group”? :)

  8. Alan said:

    Faster than you’d think. Fastest 0-30 car in the world in 1987 – the F40 is also from 1987, remember.

  9. xs10shl said:

    Oh man, I need this car. 13k and climbing, but where to find another this nice?

  10. Yee said:

    I want this, and I am 6’2. This car has all the right ingredients-light, agile, mid-engined, RWD, origami good-looks and semi-affordable. I love cars that are designed for pure fun and I wish car companies would make more of them.

  11. Daniel said:

    I have a 1988 Toyota MR2 Supercharged…..white T Bar…in beautiful shape…will post pictures if anyone is interested?

  12. Thanx to all who viewed and commented on my MR2 SC.It has been quite a chore preserving it over the years.For the last 18 yrs I owned a business and had no time other than to work.It’s time to share this remarkable example with Toyota lovers.I have a sense that it will sell on eBay as the bids near the reserve with a day or so to go.There can’t be many like this gem left.Thanx to the bud who posted my car on your site.”WAY KOOL”
    Sincerely==tinman62richard

  13. RabiaX Tuned said:

    i really love it a collector item

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