Sans Storage: 2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder – SOLD!

by | Nov 2021 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

November 19, 2021 Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

As beloved as the second-generation, mid-engined, Toyota MR2 “Poor Man’s Ferrari” produced from 1989 through 1999 remains among enthusiasts, the third generation roadster is all but forgotten. It’s a pity, as the only real downside to these brilliantly handling sports cars is the complete lack of storage space for anything more than a briefcase. Owners of these cars tend to hang on to them as playthings and as such we don’t come across very many.

Our latest example is this silver-over-black 2000 Toyota MR2 originally listed on Craigslist in November 2021 in New Castle, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) is no exception.  Reported to have 92,000 miles on the car, the current caretaker is asking $7,800 for their Spyder.  Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool reveals this private seller has their MR2 priced between the #3 “Good” estimate of 47,600 and the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $14,900.

When it came time to develop a replacement for the “Poor Man’s Ferrari” second-generation W20 MR2, Toyota hoped to capitalize on Porsche’s recent success by offering a more affordable mid-engine roadster than the entry-level Boxster. MR2 Spyder engineers at the time set out to achieve true driver enjoyment by blending good performance with low inertia and lightweight. Engineers developed a relatively long wheelbase that pushed the car’s wheels close to the corners to achieve high stability and fresh new styling.  They also developed the body structure to be as simple as possible to allow for easy customizing and low replacement cost.

The only engine available for the ZZW30 was the all-aluminum alloy 1ZZ-FED, a 1.8 Liter Inline-four engine. Like its predecessors, it used double overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. The intake camshaft timing relied on Toyota’s proven VVT-i system. Unlike its predecessors, however, the engine was placed onto the car the other way round, with the exhaust manifold towards the rear of the car instead of towards the front. The maximum power of 138 brake horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 126 foot-pounds of torque at 4,400 rpm was a substantial decrease from the previous generation, however, the new car’s lightness kept acceleration under seven seconds in manual-equipped versions.

The British TV Car Review show Men & Motors completed this review of the 2000 Toyota MR2:

The only questions we have about this car are the lack of interior pictures provided as well as what tires are currently mounted to the car as the tread appears to be rated for snow.  If you’re looking for a summer fun car with no storage space to just have fun driving, this MR2 may be the car you as long as your in-person and pre-purchase inspection confirm everything works as described.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“I am selling my Toyota MR2 Spyder because I recently moved and no longer have a garage large enough to store an extra car in. This has been a great car for me, excellent mpg (avg 34-35), extremely reliable, and incredibly fun to drive. The car is mechanically sound, everything works as it should. It does have a new inspection sticker (10/22). It is completely stock other than an aftermarket shift boot (the original tore) and shift knob and an aftermarket stereo that has Bluetooth. Cosmetically it does have some scratches on the fenders that I believe could be buffed out, and a few very minor dings, but as you can see in the photographs is in generally good shape. It gets lots of compliments. It is a manual transmission, title in hand, motivated to sell. “

Show or go: what would you do with this Toyota MR2?  Comment below and let us know!

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