Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Mister Two Toned: 1988 Toyota MR2

The mid engine car has been a dream for most buyers since the dawn of the modern automobile era and it was something that was strictly reserved for racing or the wealthy.  However, in 1984 Toyota introduced a low cost mid-engine car that used basic Corolla running gear wrapped with a Seiichi Yamauchi designed angular body. Today's example is covered in some sweet two-tone factory paint and looks ready to hit the 80s show car circuit. Find this 1988 Toyota MR2 offered for $7,500 in Chicago, IL via craigslist. 

From the seller:

1988 Toyota MR2 T-Bar
VIN: JT2AW15J3J0138703
condition: good
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 95654
paint color: grey
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: coupe
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1988 Toyota MR2 STD Coupe

1988 Toyota MR2 T-Bar with low miles and a clean Carfax. Clean rare two tone exterior and interior. Power windows and locks. Air conditioning, cassette player and glass T-Bar. Manual transmission, rear-wheel drive, 95,654 miles.

Location: Chicago, IL
Mileage: 95,654 miles
Transmission: Manual 5-Speed Transmission
Exterior Color: Gray
Style: T-Bar Coupe
Gas Mileage: 23 MPG City 29 MPG Highway
Engine: 1.6L I4
Drivetrain: Rear-Wheel Drive
VIN: JT2AW15J3J0138703
Stock #: 10474

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  1. Great cars indeed, and for as small as they are, safer than it looks. My ex's sister was in a very bad accident in one and was practically unscathed. The outside of the car looked practically unrecognizable, while the interior looked hardly tweaked. I'll never forget that image....

    1. Reminded me of the video where they crash a 1959 Bel Air against an 2009 Malibu, and we all know how that comes out. But the search result also came up with a more recent test comparing 1998 and 2015 Corollas, and that one was actually pretty startling.

  2. Why am I imagining that this car got a big long scratch from being keyed, and someone said “hey we can save you a lot of money by just turning it into a two tone paint job”?


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