At this year’s Toyotafest we were saw an increase in stock (or stock appearing) and period correct examples of the second-generation MR2. Gone were the Invader body kits and intake snorkels from the Tuner Era heyday. Clearly, the unmolested SW20 is something collectable, especially when it has only 34,270 miles on the clock.
The seller describes the car, located in Scotts Valley, California, as having been owned by one family. The driver, who purchased it new a quarter century ago, used it as a commuter traveling about 60 miles a day, but when he retired so did the car. It was kept in a garage “for years.”
The exterior of the car, especially the underside, certainly seems to corroborate that story. The plastic underbody covers appear clean, unscraped and unwarped. The mid-mounted drivetrain, too, shows regular dust accumulation but otherwise appears leak-free and stout.
While the post-minor model change 1993-95 models have a few factory improvements that are considered more desirable, such as more robust half shafts, improved shocks and a horsepower bump, the originality of this example cannot be denied (or easily replicated with OEM parts).
Offered for sale at $22,000, or about 20 percent above its MSRP when new, the price is most definitely not a steal, but we suspect there is some wiggle room to be had. Clean examples are out there, but you’ll have to do some digging and even then the mileage will likely be higher. If this MR2 piques your interest, see the ad on Craigslist.
Thanks to Chris H. for the tip!