Like the original, the second-generation MR2’s forte was handling over straight-line speed, though the mid-mounted 2.2 liter inline four, rated at 130 horsepower, was still capable of getting the car from 0 to 60 MPH in under nine seconds. Because the car is a favorite of the tuner crowd, finding clean and unmodified examples can be a challenge, but this 1991 Toyota MR2, for sale on Hemmings.com, seems to check all the right boxes. It’s a one-owner, five-speed car that’s reportedly never been driven in bad weather, and is thus rust-free. As for options, it was delivered with the glass T-top roof, as well as power windows, power mirrors and the premium audio system.
Toyota’s wedge-shaped MR2 got a remake for the 1991 model year, emerging as a more curvaceous coupe that carried design influences from far more exotic sports cars. The next owner will need to fix a leaking A/C compressor and a broken power antenna, along with a few door dings that can be expected after 25 years on the road, but the car presents as a sound driver in its current condition. From the seller’s description:
It’s time to free up some garage space and sell our unrestored, low mileage, 1991 Toyota MR2 T-top, which my wife and I have owned since it was new almost 25 years ago. This beautiful car was my wife’s second car, thus the low miles. It is also her/our first new car. She drove it home off the showroom floor. Our MR2 is loaded with the following options and features: Glass T-tops with the original storage bags Power windows, dual mirrors and four-wheel disk brakes Premium radio/cassette with sub-woofer and power antenna Rear spoiler Electric rear defroster Tilt steering wheel Alloy wheels with McGard wheel locks Driver’s side airbag Original space saver spare and tire jack kit A/C – does not work The transverse 2.2 liter in-line four cylinder mid-engine develops 130 HP with the help of four valves per cylinder, dual overhead cam, and fuel injection. It’s coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox that will put a big smile on your face as you run the roads like a go kart. We easily achieved over 30 MPG on trips when the car was new. This fun reliable car has normal wear and tear for its 25 years of age and miles. The body is rust free since it was stored inside and never driven in bad weather. It has a slight dent on the lower passenger side kick panel, plus two small door dings. The original Crimson Red paint has a tendency to oxidize as all Toyota Red color paint did that year. Mechanically, this car runs excellent. As mentioned above, the A/C compressor possibly needs new seals with a rebuild, or a replacement. I would recommend replacing the serpentine belt at this time. A local repair shop recently tested the A/C and diagnosed that the compressor is leaking Freon. The electric antenna is broke. The car has a fresh new battery and tires. The coolant was just recently flushed and renewed.
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