Sold for £6,188
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: G78 UYX
Chassis No: JT1C0AW1100160975
MOT: December 2022
Estimate: £4,000 - £5,000
Motor Car Location: Cheshire
Powered by a Cosworth BDA-inspired 129bhp 1.6-litre four with a dizzying 7,700rpm redline, the original MR2 utilised a 5-speed box and could sprint to 60mph in 8.5 seconds with a top speed of 120mph. Weighing just 1,070kg it also had perfect weight distribution with ride and handling honed by Lotus (aided by development driver Dan Gurney). The race car feel continued with a short-throw gearchange, razor-sharp throttle control and immediate, darting response to steering input. The result was a blisteringly intense driving experience that would be instantly familiar to a Porsche 911 or Ferrari F355 driver – yet at a fraction of the price. With origami-inspired folded angular lines, it also looked great and was immensely strong with no fewer than five bulkheads between the different compartments. Good ones are becoming increasingly collectable today.
This right-hand drive Mk1 MR2 was supplied new to the UK being first registered on the 1st of February 1990. Fitted with the aforementioned 1587cc four-cylinder engine mated the five-speed manual transmission, the Toyota is finished in White with Black cloth interior upholstery. With just three former keepers, ‘G78 UYX’ has a recorded mileage of 124,655 miles (at time of consignment). Benefitting from a service in October 2021, the cambelt has also been replaced less than 1,000 miles previous.
Said to be a ‘highly original’ example retaining the original interior with Toyota cassette radio, the MR2 was accompanied by a large history file (an image of which can be viewed in the images) up until two months ago when the said paperwork was destroyed in a garage fire. Thankfully, the car was elsewhere and the vendor is happy to provide written confirmation to this effect as well as documentary evidence from a third party source that the now non-existent service book contained twenty-one stamps. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document and MOT certificate valid until December 2022, the vendor rates this increasingly collectable MKI MR2’s engine, electrical equipment, gearbox and interior trim as ‘excellent’ and its bodywork and paintwork as ‘good’.
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