How Would You Modify This Toyota MR2?
Photography by Aaron McKenzie for Petrolicious
This past spring, on the hunt for a second car, I happened across this 1991 Toyota MR2 turbo. Of course I snapped it up. The car currently has around 82,000 original miles and, aside from the wheels (which, yes, need to be matched front and back) and an upgraded interior that includes leather seats, it is completely stock and in excellent condition. This is precisely the reason I bought it: clean, mechanically unmolested first and second generation MR2s are nearly impossible to find.
Not that I’m opposed to modifying this car. Since buying it, however, I’ve changed nothing about it except the oil largely because I haven’t decided on a unified direction for my modifications. Given the car’s proximity to originality (and the creeping valuations of original MR2s on today’s market), should I track down some original wheels and keep its mechanics stock? Or, do I take advantage of the fact that these 3S-GTE engines are only a few tweaks away from 300 horsepower?
And so, Petrolisti, I throw this topic open to you. Given a certain budget (take your pick of $1,000, $3,000, or $5,000), how, if at all, would you improve on this marvelous piece of Japanese engineering? For inspiration, have a look at this Petrolicious video on a beautiful group of MR2s in Houston, Texas.
Would you like suggestions on how to modify, restore, or otherwise alter your vintage car? If so, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a few photographs and a brief explanation of what you have. The Petrolicious community might just be able to help.