Used Car of the Day: 1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today we present you a 1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo that's been sitting in a garage for a decade and a half.

It's for sale since it won't pass the California smog test.

There are upgrades to the turbo, intercooler, suspension, and more.

It needs paint and one tire has a bubble, so it probably needs rubber. There seems to be other work, needed, too. That includes a dent repair.

The chassis has 156K miles and the asking price is $18,000.

Maybe it's because I saw the first Fast and Furious movie on cable last night, but I am thinking maybe someone could build this into something fun. Just don't street race it illegally.

Click here to see it.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Wolfwagen Wolfwagen on May 30, 2024

    This guy is nuts. I just did a KBB on a 1992 Model (91 wasn't available) Average price used is about $4600. This car is not even worth that. If this vehicle was in its original pristine condition with under 100K miles maybe THEN it's worth $18K. BUt this? Hard No.

  • Zerofoo Zerofoo on May 30, 2024

    Any car with these types of mods has been run hard. Count on an engine rebuild on top of the ridiculous asking price.

  • Bd2 Probably too late to do anything about it for the launch, but Kia should plan on doing an extensive refresh of the front fascia (the earlier, the better) as the design looks really ungainly.
  • Namesakeone Since I include SUVs and minivans as trucks, I really cannot think of a brand that is truly truckless. MG maybe?
  • Sobhuza Trooper Subaru, they were almost there with the BRAT. --On a lighter note, where the hell is my Cooper Works Mini truck?
  • Mike Evs do suck, though. I mean, they really do.
  • Steve Biro I don’t care what brand but it needs to be a compact two-door with an ICE, traditional parallel hybrid or both. A manual transmission option would be nice but I don’t expect it - especially with a hybrid. Don’t show me an EV.