The MR2 was a landmark Japanese car, up there with the legendary Toyota 2000GT, the Datsun 240Z, and Mazda’s RX-7 and MX-5. It was the first mid-engined production model to come from the Land of the Rising Sun, and will always have a special place in the hearts of enthusiasts all over the world. The MR2 started life as the SV-3 concept car, introduced at the 1983 Tokyo Show. By the middle of the following year, the first production models were filtering into Japanese showrooms, but they didn’t stay there for long: the MR2 was an instant hit, and demand soon outstripped supply. This definitive history of the MR2 Coupés and Spyders includes nearly 400 photos and illustrations, a wealth of technical detail, and chronicles its development from concept car to production car enjoying worldwide critical acclaim.
If I were the owner, or indeed just looking to buy a Toyota MR2 then this 200-page, soft-bound book by Brian Long would provide me with all I needed to know, by way of much well-researched information.
It contains a wealth of information illustrated by many colour photographs and concludes with valuable tables about the technical data (including those of the US or Japanese market!) And production figures.
Oldtimer / Dreamcar magazine
For owners and potential buyers, whichever generation you are interested in, there is a lot of useful detail on the colour schemes and various specification changes as the model developed. With hundred of illustrations across its 200 large pages, this book does the MR2 credit.
Long’s exceptional access to – and rapport with – Toyota brings the challenge of creating and refining the MR2 through three major revisions to life.
Classic Car Weekly