First generation Toyota MR2, second styling version (1987-1989). Model features detailed interior, front trunk, and engine compartment, opening doors, engine decklid, and hood, folding-forward seats, and pop up headlights.
About this creation
Arguably one of the greatest import cars ever produced, the Toyota MR2 Mk1 has been described most often as a mini-Ferrari, and has handling abilities and performance far exceeding other cars in its class. With a light overall weight and 49/51 distribution, a mid-mounted engine with an exceptionally short driveline, excellent handling with a .93 skidpad rating and a 130+ mph top speed, the MR2 Mk1 is an absolute blast to drive. Small on the exterior, the interior is surprisingly roomy given the overall dimensions, and comfort has not been compromised for space. All controls are at fingertip reach while driving, and the short shifter on the C52 transaxle (E52 on the supercharged version) requires almost no wrist movement to shift. The 4AGE 1.6L DOHC engine, while lacking big horsepower numbers, is still more than enough to propel the MR2 to speeds over 130 mph, yet still cruise around town at an economic 30 mpg. The mid mount design offers no appreciable added difficulty in maintenance, and with the exception of availability of the body and interior is quite easy to find parts for and work on. The MR2 Mk1 was also a stated favorite of Naval aviators in the late 1980's, themselves preferring fast, rear and mid engined cars such as the MR2 and Porsche 911 with the superb performance qualities and fighter-like interior layouts.
This project was modeled after my own 1988 MR2 Mk1, as few scale models exist of these wonderful cars. Few of the real cars were imported to the North American market, 4500 in total for model year 1988 in fact. Mine is a rare Orange Pearl Mica naturally aspirated example, one of less than 100 produced, and a color available in 1988 only.