Retiree Trades Quintet of Toyota MR2s for One Mazda MX-5

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
retiree trades quintet of toyota mr2s for one mazda mx 5

Last week, a retired college professor walked into Missouri’s Coad Toyota with an interesting proposal. He was willing to part with five first-generation Toyota MR2s as a trade-in for a gently used 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Considering the amount of maintenance five vintage MR2s must require, maybe he’s not the absolute madman we initially presumed. Since the deal went down in Missouri, he probably spent a ludicrous portion of his time on rust prevention alone.

According to The Drive, the Mk1 models include one example from each of the first five years of production (1985-1989) — three of which have fewer than 85,000 miles on the odometer. However, that wasn’t even the entirety of his collection. Last year, the man sold another first-generation MR2 before purchasing a new Toyota Tacoma.

After posting about the trade-in on social media, prospective buyers reached out to the seller from across the nation in the hopes of purchasing one of the cars. If you’re interested in one, you’re out of luck. They’ve all been sold at this point.

Ben Brotherton, sales manager at Coad Toyota, said the man claimed he had fulfilled his dream of collecting every model year of the first-generation MR2 and no longer wanted to deal with the hassle of maintaining them. He felt the MX-5 would provide sufficient thrills in their absence. Here’s hoping he’s right; it’ll probably be a while before he comes cross half a dozen replacement MR2s.

[Image: COPI at Coad by Ben Brotherton]

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  • Cimarron typeR Cimarron typeR on Dec 18, 2018

    In the early 2000s I test drove a MK2 turbo, before the handling upgrades were made to this platform and it was a bit hairy if you lifted off mid corner, but ridiculously fun.I should've bought it , I'd probably still have it today. I ended up with a mint Emerald green 5.0Lx hatch 5 spd with a rebuilt motor, mainly because it was a car I wanted in high school (and had a back seat)

  • PandaBear PandaBear on Dec 18, 2018

    He is smart that the stunt went viral and he now got what he wanted.

  • Jeanbaptiste Any variant of “pizza” flavored combos. I only eat these on car trips and they are just my special gut wrenching treat.
  • Nrd515 Usually for me it's been Arby's for pretty much forever, except when the one near my house dosed me with food poisoning twice in about a year. Both times were horrible, but the second time was just so terrible it's up near the top of my medical horror stories, and I have a few of those. Obviously, I never went to that one again. I'm still pissed at Arby's for dropping Potato Cakes, and Culver's is truly better anyway. It will be Arby's fish for my "cheat day", when I eat what I want. No tartar sauce and no lettuce on mine, please. And if I get a fish and a French Dip & Swiss? Keep the Swiss, and the dip, too salty. Just the meat and the bread for me, thanks. The odds are about 25% that they will screw one or both of them up and I will have to drive through again to get replacement sandwiches. Culver's seems to get my order right many times in a row, but if I hurry and don't check my order, that's when it's screwed up and garbage to me. My best friend lives on Starbucks coffee. I don't understand coffee's appeal at all. Both my sister and I hate anything it's in. It's like green peppers, they ruin everything they touch. About the only things I hate more than coffee are most condiments, ranked from most hated to..who cares..[list=1][*]Tartar sauce. Just thinking about it makes me smell it in my head. A nod to Ranch here too. Disgusting. [/*][*]Mayo. JEEEEZUS! WTF?[/*][*]Ketchup. Sweet puke tasting sludge. On my fries? Salt. [/*][*]Mustard. Yikes. Brown, yellow, whatever, it's just awful.[/*][*]Pickles. Just ruin it from the pickle juice. No. [/*][*]Horsey, Secret, whatever sauce. Gross. [/*][*]American Cheese. American Sleeze. Any cheese, I don't want it.[/*][*]Shredded lettuce. I don't hate it, but it's warm and what's the point?[/*][*]Raw onion. Totally OK, but not something I really want. Grilled onions is a whole nother thing, I WANT those on a burger.[/*][*]Any of that "juice" that Subway and other sandwich places want to put on. NO, HELL NO! Actually, move this up to #5. [/*][/list=1]
  • SPPPP It seems like a really nice car that's just still trying to find its customer.
  • MRF 95 T-Bird I owned an 87 Thunderbird aka the second generation aero bird. It was a fine driving comfortable and very reliable car. Quite underrated compared to the GM G-body mid sized coupes since unlike them they had rack and pinion steering and struts on all four wheels plus fuel injection which GM was a bit late to the game on their mid and full sized cars. When I sold it I considered a Mark VII LSC which like many had its trouble prone air suspension deleted and replaced with coils and struts. Instead I went for a MN-12 Thunderbird.
  • SCE to AUX Somebody got the bill of material mixed up and never caught it.Maybe the stud was for a different version (like the 4xe) which might use a different fuel tank.