And once it's gone it's gone.
Back when Toyota was cool and had the balls to take real chances, it made one of the best-handling and most fun to drive sports cars out there: the MR2. Built from 1984 till 2007, there were three generations, the last of which was turned into a Spyder to compete with the Mazda MX-5. But we’re kind of old school here at CarBuzz so our affections lay mostly with the first gen MR2, a little mid-engined, RWD coupe with a Lotus-developed suspension that was supercharged just before its successor arrived.
Surviving first gen, supercharged MR2s have often been modified, but not this one. No, this one is all original, according to its seller. And for $5,850 (slightly negotiable) it’s all yours. During one of our daily Craigslist hunts, we came across this 1988 MR2 powered by a supercharged 1.6-liter inline-four with 145 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque. With its recent tune up (just passed a California smog test), new tires and clutch, it has 133,000 miles but it’s been garaged its entire life. The body and black leather interior look astounding considering its age. What’s more, only 2,000 of these gems were imported to the US in its model year. A RWD, mid-engined coupe with Japanese reliability and Lotus tuning for less than $6k? You can’t go wrong.