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[Why not a Toyota MR2? These dogs seem to like it. Photo Credit: Toyota]
The Toyota MR2 had an unusual evolution. It started life as a funky, angular, 80s-tastic baby sports car, then it evolved into a turbocharged four-banger Ferrari knockoff, and for its final act, it transformed into a Miata fighter. As Regular Car Reviews notes in their new video, that one never quite caught on.
The year was 2001, the place was Japan, and anything was possible. Even Zagato Toyotas. Mid-engined Zagato Toyotas!
It's the first Nice Price or Crack Pipe of 2015 and to celebrate, we're going to Jolly Olde! That's were this MR2 got its Audi V8, and you get to decide if it and its in-pounds price are a quid pro-go!
Say you are in the market for sports car with the engine were it should be, sitting right behind your shoulders. You want a red one, because that's the proper color for such things. Then you check your bank account and your exotic dreams are crushed. Don't fret, this 1989 MR2 is calling you.
It never really made sense in the first place and now it's dead. You do have to love the cheap midengine sports car, though, don't you?
This question starts with two cars I very much admire: Toyota's 1980s midengine MR2, and its 2000s MR2 successor.
You're Toyota. You have a bunch of great older sports cars in your stable. Do you just let them sit around collecting dust, or do you go out and compare them to newer stuff like the Scion FR-S? The UK branch of the company went with the latter, and the results are great.
Back in the 1980s and 90s, Toyota was a formidable force in the world of rallying, with all sorts of Celicas and Corollas flying across the dirt like it was nobody's business. That's not the case as much anymore, but a number of those legendary cars have been preserved for posterity in Europe.
The original MR2 is a nice classic, but if you want something that's equally rare, better looking, faster and more usable on a daily bases, this is the Toyota you're after.
Welcome to Found Around The District, where we highlight fascinating cars we find around a city where people are too busy fighting through traffic and hunting for parking to drive anything interesting: Washington, D.C.
This picture appears to come from a 2007 Wangan Midnight forum post, and in the past five years its message has really sunk in: don't do anything like this, ever.
There's more to driving than tire-shredding hoonage. Beautiful roads and a free afternoon are all you need for a perfect drive. Having a first-gen Toyota MR2 and some of the finest driving roads in Hungary at your disposal doesn't hurt either.
When you were a kid you probably rode a bike, and while mastering that you rode with training wheels. Before even that, you likely rode a trike. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe MR2 custom appeals to your inner child, but will its price have you asking, are you kidding?
At last year's Goodwood Festival, Toyota and racing group Gazoo unveiled an MR2 fitted with front-wheel-turning electric motors and a 3.3-liter V6 for the back. For this year's event, they've upgraded the Sport Hybrid Concept to version two-point-uh-oh.
Have a Toyota MR2 but really wish you had a Ferrari? The wrong way to make your dreams reality is to eBay for this $2,000 kit that'll help you re-badge your 'yota as an Italian supercar.
The first few MR2s we saw at LeMons races looked pretty good, but since that time the MR2 experience has been a steady drumbeat of spun bearings, thrown rods, and other engine problems. Some blame the oil pan's inability to keep the pump fed under hard cornering, while others point to the cooling system's piping. On…