1984-1989 Toyota MR2
On my first Car Lust blog post, I had to introduce myself with a car near and dear to my heart, the 1985-87 Toyota Corolla GT-S (RWD please, not the “cute” FX GT-S). Fast-forward to today; I haven’t driven the Corolla in months due to another quirky, mid-1980s Toyota acquisition: a first-generation Toyota MR2.
Owning one of these is really a unique experience. It’s just one of those semi-old-school Japanese, timeless cars that you see once in a while. Other than sharing the 4AG motor, rear-wheel driving pleasure, and flip light characteristics with the AE86, the first-generation MR2 really has its own character. Of course, it just depends who you ask. Sometimes I get the: “OMG, my mom had one of those cute little cars ... ” Other times I get the “REALLY poor man’s Ferrari” comment. On a good day, an enthusiast will tell me that he’s won a few trophies from auto-crossing with one in the early 1990s.
Regardless of whose memory is stirred up by seeing one, you definitely feel the love. So what if I can’t put a bunch of stuff under the hood (frunk, I guess) or trunk? I still love this thing! After all, the initial goal of finding one of these was to take advantage of the 32 MPG and still have that Uncle Rico cool-factor. Plus, when it's powering a car that weighs only 2,400 pounds, the stock 112-horsepower engine isn’t too bad. I guess we can discuss the supercharged version of the Mk. I MR2 down the road.
My own MR2 isn't quite picture-worthy yet, so I found both of these pictures from Flickr user skaughtto (a.k.a. Scott Olsen). He looks to be pretty talented at capturing cars on film, among other things. There’s a little part of me that wants to just throw away my camera after seeing his collection of photos, specially his automotive portfolio. Some guys just know how to capture a car’s lines …even an old, boxy Toyota.