View Full Version : SOLD: 1988 Grey Metallic MK1b - 2 owners!

24th June 2010, 02:01 PM
:cry: It's time to go!
Cash flow problems and a right old faff with my wifes company car situation mean that I've got to say goodbye to the Mk1.

The details:

• 1988 Toyota MR2 T-Bar 1600
• UK Car purchased Jan 1988
• Two owners from new. The original owner (MR2 Drivers club founder member) and me.
• The most ridiculously complete service history you will ever see for a car. I have a spreadsheet detailing every tank of fuel this car has had since the day it rolled out of the showroom. Every service, every spare part, every MOT. It's all there.
• MOT until April 2011 - Passed last MOT with no advisorys.
• Tax until end of Dec 2010.
• Metallic Grey and one of very few UK cars in this colour.
• 124,000 miles
• 3 keys including original "valet" key
• V5 present and correct
• Located near J4 of the M40 - Buckinghamshire

In the last 2 years the car has had the following completed:

• Full suspension refurb comprising:
• New Koni adjustable dampers
• Matched Lesjofors sports springs. Lovely ride and balanced handling.
• Every bush replaced with Superflex Poly Bushes.
• All new drop links
• All ball joints and inner and outer track rod ends on the steering rack replaced.
• Rear toe arms replaced with fully adjustable stainless items.
• Struts, ARB's and brackets powercoated. Arms and linkages plasticoated. They're alloy so they don't rust, but they look tidyier.
• Top mounts inspected and Hammerited
• Full 4 wheel geometry alignment to 'TRD' Fast road specifications.

This car handles as a new one would of, had it had the benefit of another 20 years chassis development. It's beautiful to drive, I maintain that nothing teaches you the basics of car control and traction better than one of these cars. Whilst the 30mm drop makes it look low, it's absolutely fine on broken roads and over speedbumps etc. The ride is compliant, balanced and well controlled, and can be firmed up in an instant by adjusting the Konis'. Anyone considering parting with readies will of course be welcome to test drive provided you're insured.

Wheels and tyres
5 Goodyear Eagle F1 GSD2's 18 months ago. Half worn I'd say. Spare is unused.
Original 14" pepperpot alloys.
Full refurbish on all 5 alloys.

New spark plugs about 4,000 miles ago along with filters and Magnatec 10W40. I have changed the oil 3 times since I've had it.
New waterpump and radiator about 3 years ago. I am assured that when this work was done it was done as preventative measure as the radiator was past it’s best, the car did NOT run hot or overheat. I can vouch for the integrity of the cooling system – motorways speeds or stuck in an hour of traffic in 27 degrees yesterday and the car is fine.

One problem!
I should note that at present the car has a faulty diff bearing - it grinds when you lift off of the throttle. Car still drives absolutely fine, but I have a replacement 80,000 mile box to go onto it and for the asking price (ONO) this work will be done by a reputable garage and an ex-mk1 owning mechanic! If you want to do this work yourself then price is obviously negotiable including the gearbox.

New front discs and Ferodo standard road pads.
HEL braided brake lines.
Entirely new handbrake cables for last years MOT. This MR2 is almost unique in that you can park it on a hill.

Mongoose Full Stainless exhaust. Nice sound and not too loud.

Black and grey velour interior which is very tasteful. I've sourced a few bits like a replacement gear gaitor and a nice condition steering wheel so this is now original. I have the T-Bar sun blinds and the T-bar panel bags that reside behind the seats. I sound deadened the floor pan and bulkhead and this helps with the general long distance driveability of it.
All electrics (mirrors, windows, central locking, pop up lights) work.

Pansonic “Sound quality” CD-Tuner head unit and MP3 player with front Aux in (for connecting an iPod or similar)
Upgraded Hertz 4” front speakers – Very nice quality.
(those who recall my other stereo install, I have now returned it to standard).
Electric aerial still works.
Original Toyota Tape Deck included for authenticitys sake, but I believe one amplifier channel is broken.

Generally good.
This car was garaged for the first 20 years of it's life and very well undersealed. The Mechanics and MOT testers who've worked on it, a few of whom have owned MK1's themselves have always commented on the chassis integrity of this one. It really is very nice underneath. At present there is bubbling at the base of the drivers side wing at the A-Pillar which has stayed static since I've owned the car, it has yet to some through so we've come to an understanding that it won't bother me if I don't bother it. The same wing has a tiny bubble at the top of the arch which again hasn’t worsened in the last 2 years. A Wing replacement (£130 new wing) and spraying it would be the way to sort this if you're after perfection. The drivers floorpan has one small rust patch where a stone has knocked the under seal off. The rear wings were professionally and very nicely restored about a year before I got the car (so 2007) with entirely new panels sprayed to match the car and are completely rust free. Top of windscreen is perfect, which is rare, they normally rot. The rear bumper looks to have been resprayed at some time as it hasn't got a nice lacquer finish and looks a little dull compared to the rest of the car. There are some small static chips in the windscreen but none causing a problem for visibility.

So in summary, I believe this is the BEST Mk1 MR2 you will find for this money. It has been utterly reliable over 2 years and 10,000 miles and the documented history of this car is unparalleled. There are very, very few one or two owner cars left around!

Initial enquiries by email "jonathan_standen@hotmail . com" and I'll get back to you with a phone number, this is because I'm a shift worker.

Test pilots welcome so long as there is clear intent to buy and you produce a licence and insurance document which proves that you are insured.

Asking £1,700 OVNO!





(now has an unused refurbished alloy with Eagle F1 unsued)


24th June 2010, 06:29 PM
That is stunning. I want this so bad.........

24th June 2010, 07:34 PM
Lovely looking car 8-)

Good luck with the sale :+:

25th June 2010, 01:24 PM
This car kept me awake last night.

He Who Is Occasionally Obeyed has said no (something daft about being in the middle of a house purchase, I didn't pay much attention) so I need to think of ways to persuade him. :think:

25th June 2010, 09:22 PM
Although I'm biased this is my favouite colour Toyota has put on any Mr2 (there said it)

That is a stupidly good car for the money :+: and TBH I was expecting the price to be £2k at least

I Know that Mk1Dal on here has shown interest in Gunmetal grey car's and there is a chap over on IMOC searching for one infact I think there is a thread in the wanted section (IMOC) for a gunmetal grey SC or N/A

Good luck with the sale


25th June 2010, 09:28 PM

Found said wanted ad

I hope you don't mind but I have put a link on the wanted ad on IMOC to your car here.


mk1 dal
25th June 2010, 10:18 PM
hi chris , i agree with you its far too cheap for this car , it rare looks good ,nice history and a t bar as well , owners keep under selling there cars when there in good condition, why? . people want these cars in this condition and i find are willing to pay the money for a nice example , an old ford fiesta cost more than the mr2 and in my opinion is a disgrace. all owners who have one know they are great cars and a joy to drive . i still am after a gun metal grey to restored but no luck yet , i am disgusted that there is one been broken on this club site , and should be banned from selling his parts on the site , this car should be saved ,and in my opinion he is a wan*er for breaking it :- this car can be fixed as i have proved on my previous projects and should be saved at any cost , once it gone its gone for ever .

gary :+:

25th June 2010, 11:01 PM
Having got home to Five emails about this car, and had a couple of calls through the day, I think perhaps I did put it up at a bit of a bargainatious price! I think it's a fair one though, considering the need of the gearbox swap and it is a car that has been used and enjoyed, rather than buffed with a daiper every Sunday.

Oh well! Someone else gets to experience a wonderful car at a low,low price. I see S/C's not selling aat £2.5k and plenty of nice examples of these cars going for little money. I bought a mint 328i Touring for £700 a month ago - second hand cars just go for silly money!

This car can be considered sold for the time being, but if it falls through I will let you all know.

26th June 2010, 10:26 PM
Bang up to date photos just for info:



















28th June 2010, 08:16 AM
Is it still for sale?

28th June 2010, 12:57 PM
Yes whats with the new pics?

I had just managed to get this naughty little temptress out of my head as you had me convinced she was gone?

I can't buy her anyway right now as I have just bought a Volvo 480 turbo as my runaround but I can't help trying to find think up ways of obtaining it (sounds wrong lol) when I see those pics. Awesome Colour and the suspension is class. It just oozes 'fun machine'. :D

I'm just down the road from you on the A40 too. Aaargh!

28th June 2010, 07:42 PM
'Buyer' turned out to be a total waste of time. He was a dealer and was only going to flog it on anyway.

So: Back up for sale but viewings have been arranged!

email jonathan_standen@hotmail.com for mobile number/viewing.
I'm away over the weekend but available all day Monday. Car Still near J4 M40.

30th June 2010, 06:35 PM
Now back for sale at request :)

2nd July 2010, 12:35 PM
Just seen this ad. Beautiful car.
Having done a very similar set up on my Mk1 with suspension etc, and seeing this one is cosmetically in slightly better condition, that's a very good Mk1 for the money. Really surprised you got messed around. :(

Good luck selling it - it really is a beaut. :+:

(Also, gearbox shouldn't be a serious problem - they're cheap enough to get second hand and it gives the prospective owner to also do things such as swap the clutch, so you know you'll never have to do that again while you have the car)

2nd July 2010, 09:09 PM
Now definitely Sold - deposit taken.

Many thanks for all your help guys and gals, this has gone to an enthusiast and it will be well looked after.
:P :cry: :cry: