This is a super rare Revision-3 GT T-Bar Turbo MR2. The rarest specification made for Japan, in possibly the best colour of all.
Goodwood Green Metallic (Also known as Dark Emerald Pearl) can look black at night, yet pops in sunlight, as a dark metallic green. They've always been very rare and difficult to source in perfect condition like this, yet alone nowadays - and are very sought after & collectable in Japan, with a strong following in the U.S. too.
With 1990's sportscar icons continuing to climb in in value, as the only mid-engine Turbocharged sportscar built in Japan from the iconic bubble economy era of Japan, it's abundantly clear to us the rarest spec of these MR2's - as one of the best sports cars ever built by Toyota, are now increasingly desirable to the Play Station generation and will become increasingly valuable and collectible over time.
After having sold our last MR2 in stock some 6 months ago, we had been on the lookout for another special example. When we came across this rare GT Turbo T-Bar Rev 3, we bid strongly to ensure we'd not miss the chance to have it.
In our experience this is realistically the last opportunity we can hope for of a car like this and one we would definitely want to own as part of a collection ourselves.
History of this model: The MR2 turbo was made from 1989 onwards for the Japanese market (and for a short period also sold it in limited numbers in the US), whilst the rest of the world had to make do with normally aspirated versions only.
From the end of 1993 Toyota introduced the Revision 3 turbo model in Japan.
For the JDM market the Rev 3 models on were fitted with a more powerful version of their 3S GT-E turbo engine giving 245 bhp as standard, which included several mechanical changes including engine components, turbo, etc. Further revision 3 changes also brought uprated suspension for greater grip and safety at high speeds, uprated interior trim, as well as newer larger sized wheels, plus of course new, fresh colours. With these changes the MR2 became a better car - one which still remains strongly sought after by enthusiasts both in Japan and further afield.
The Revision 3 model is very similar to the subsequent Rev 4 & 5, where externally the side repeaters are on the front bumper corners on the 3, but closer to the A-pilar on later models. Also the rear spoiler was updated on the last revision.
Original wheel designs differed and the Rev 4 & 5 had green tint on windows, where the Rev 3 has a brown tint. Inside there were some trim differences too, depending on model designation - but mechanically the 3, 4 & 5 models were essentially identical.
With this example, what you see is a very rare combination, especially because of the mint condition Rev 3+ exterior, Leather & alcantara GT trim & very rare T-bar. The combination of all has always been difficult to find, even in Japan. - To find an example of 24 years of age in this condition with this level of spec. & additional extras typically unheard of nowadays…. Which is why we bought it to offer from our stock when the opportunity presented itself.
Original Specifications on this Rev 3 T-Bar GT Turbo MR2 include: Half Leather / Alcantara seats, Electrically folding remote controlled door mirrors, Torsen Limited Slip Differential, T-Bar roof glass, Climate Control A/C, , PAS, PW, remote central locking, heated rear window, pop-up headlights, driving lamps, tinted glass, Fitted floor mats, etc. The T-Bar roof also includes interior covers & storage bags. The glass (& interior trim - covers) can safely be stored behind the seats. The spare and original tool kit are complete and unused & this has been a non-smoker’s car since new. This example also comes with original manuals, service book & both original spare keys.
Top Quality Cosmetic improvements:The original Rev 3 side repeaters aren't very flattering in original orange, so a set of smoked side repeaters have replaced the originals. These are not really conspicuous except when in use and endow the front a fresher style. Note the Rev 4/5 clear front side-lights too (As opposed to orange). Wheels are RAYS Forged SE37K of size 17 x 7.5J + 40 front & 17 x 8.5J + 40 rear, complete with sports tyres of good quality. Project Mu racing wheel nuts are security 7-sided and come with a locking key (Located in the tool kit). We also sourced an original Rev 5 rear spoiler (after painting) to replace the original Rev 3 spoiler.
Original Parts: For the purist, original front indicators, Rev 3 1-piece rear spoiler and wheels + wheel nut set are available with this car at no additional cost if desired.
Interior Condition: This example has been beautifully cared for & has been a non-smoker’s car since new. Interior still smells like new - incredible considering it's now 24 years old!
There is minor creasing to the leather on the seats, as to be expected of a used car, but nothing of any consequence. Fitted floor mats are new. The shift knob was original and the leather shift boot a bit worn from 20 years on the car, so we replaced the boot & fitted a new TRD leather shift knob too. Original shift knob is also included with the car.
Exterior Condition: This is an MR2's that has clearly been cherished since new. Paintwork is in excellent condition throughout, with a deep gloss all over. From a lack of stone chips all the way around the entire car, it's clear to us it's not been driven hard, at all. The complete lack of UV damage to exterior trim, engine components, interior (dash boards crack, alcantara fades & leather shrinks & become brittle on these when they've spent their lived parked outside exposed to the elements) all confirm this MR2 has spent much of its time garaged. Judging by the complete lack of corrosion anywhere (See underside picture), it was used only in good weather and for special occasions and never taken to cold climates of Japan.
Panels are completely pin-straight and all signs show this car's never been in any accident. There's not even a car-park ding on the sides, a testament to the maturity & care this car's enjoyed over the last 20 years.
We took off and had the front lip spoiler repainted (using new Toyota alloy mountings when re-assembling) also also had said Rev 5 rear spoiler painted before fitting.
There are the following small imperfections noted on the bodywork:
One (very minor) stress crack mark on the rear bumper, a small touched in scratch on the rear panel between the headlights, very small touch-up marks on the left headlight panel and a few small touched in marks on the driver's door mirror.
There have been photographed & mentioned here to give a complete report, but are too small to warrant paintwork repairs.
Test Drive: This MR2 Rev 3 GT-S Turbo T-Bar has been regularly serviced by Toyota. Oil is still new from the last service. Timing belt was changed approx. 15,000km ago. Clearly this car was owned by someone mature and wasn't driven hard - it’s overall condition clearly shows this. In road testing this car we found it drives very well, giving good strong power throughout the rev range. Driving on open country roads we noted that there were no rattles and squeaks to be heard & the car felt tight and unused. Brakes pulled the car up well with no signs of warpage, as is so often common on older cars. Clutch has plenty of bite remaining. Felt very smooth with compliant suspension.
Rare spec. like this is very sought after, so an example such as this can be expected to continue to appreciate. Later model MR2 T-Bars are what MR2 enthusiasts consider to be the ultimate of all the examples. As Toyota will never build another sports car like this, yet alone one with the performance available here - there's no doubt this will continue to appreciate as a collector's car into the future.
This unique MR2 is now stored under shelter at our premises in Chiba, Japan and is ready to ship anywhere worldwide.
Inclusive of, new MOT, UK registration & 12 month's comprehensive warranty, OTR price: £12,695. Contact us for further details to reserve this MR2.
For enquiries where it would be shipped to markets other than the UK, please ask about our FOB package.
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