David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/10/22 9:55 a.m.

It marries a mid-engine layout with turbo power and timeless lines. Ferrari? Lotus? Lancia or Renault?

Try Toyota. 

The second-generation Toyota MR2 Turbo made its debut in the U.S. for the 1991 model year, and Hagerty now shows prices topping the $40,000 mark. Bring a Trailer’s bigges…

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bosswrench
bosswrench New Reader
1/11/22 3:27 p.m.

Those li'l buckets were chassis-tuned for Toyota by Dan Gurney and the early turbos were skittish especially under boost in the rain. The cure was a BIG front swaybar and much wider rear tires. But a big front bar could crack the frame attachments requiring careful weld repairs. They fixed that in later versions. Adding more than about 16 psi boost (max stock was 8) would stretch the head bolts enough to blow a head gasket. ARP studs held fine. Once all those little mods were applied, the MR-2T was fearsome. I still miss mine.  Same engine was used in Gurney's IMSA GTP that so dominated its class in the '90s, JM Fangio ll basically destroyed the series. Those monsters for Gurney's ARR used up to 50 lbs of boost; stock block, rods & pistons (or so it was said)!

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