Celebrating 30 years of the Toyota MR2

Celebrating 30 years of the Toyota MR2

Hard as it may be to believe; this year marks 30 years since the introduction of the Toyota MR2. To mark the occasion, we asked members of the MR2 Driver’s Club for their thoughts on the secret to the model’s enduring appeal.

What’s so special about the MR2?

Originally conceived as a car for the ‘sporty commuter’, rather than as an out and out sports car, the MR2 quickly won plaudits for its fine driving dynamics and tail-happy rear-wheel drive layout. Production of the third and final generation of MR2 ceased in 2006 after 22 years, but time hasn’t dented its appeal. We asked some of the members of the MR2 Driver’s Clubpictured above, to share their thoughts on what it is that makes the model such a revered sports car.

Club director, Chris Backhouse, referred to the almost intangibly special feeling that MR2 evokes, saying: “Having owned one for 27 years, it still brings a smile to my face whether parked in the garage or on the move. No other car comes close.”

Darren Letts is currently on his third second-generation MR2, he says: “I was a schoolboy when the original MR2 came out, so when the second-generation model was launched, I just had to have one. For me, it was a piece of motoring exotica, with the added benefit of being properly affordable. Once I experienced the drive of the car, I was hooked.”

Lesley Sutton has been driving MR2s for the past 18 years and is a fan of their responsiveness to driver inputs and cabin simplicity, she says: “My MR2 responds beautifully to the road, it’s powerful, with a great turning circle. The design is uncluttered inside and out; the car is reliable and always puts a smile on my face.”

Anthony Podesta sports a lightly-modified second-generation MR2, finished in white and featuring TRD badging, he says: “The MR2 looks good even today. It’s a real driver’s car that rewards smooth driving. I could be in the worst mood but after five minutes behind the wheel I’m happy again – I can’t imagine parting with it.”

How do I get an MR2 sticker?

Our free sticker giveaway has now ended, as we are all out of stickers, stamps and envelopes… Thanks to all of you who got in touch with us, and those who took pictures of their cars to share with us.

Where next?
Detailed history of the MR2
Comparing the first-generation MR2 with the third in the mountainous roads of Wales
Owner interview: What is it like to own a classic Toyota MR2?

Comments (59)

    1. Hi Peter,
      Thank you for your post. Unfortunately we are all out of stickers, stamps and envelopes. Many thanks.

    1. Hi Shane
      Thanks for your post.
      We have only had a limited run of these and the offer is now closed unfortunately. Thank you for your interest though.

    1. Hi Tareq
      Thanks for your post.
      These stickers turned out to be very popular so we are needing to get some more printed to meet the outstanding requests. We hope to send them out fairly soon.
      Hope this helps

  1. I register weeks ago and have not received one.
    Is it possible to receive any? I have three sw20’s parked in my drive that wud love one.

    Thanks devoted
    Mr2 fan…

    1. Hi Adam
      Thanks for your post.
      These stickers turned out to be very popular so we are needing to get some more printed to meet the outstanding requests. We hope to send them out fairly soon.
      Hope this helps

  2. Hi, I applied for a sticker on early November but still haven’t received anything, is it because I live in Canada?

    1. Hi Joseph
      Thanks for your post.
      These stickers turned out to be very popular so we are needing to get some more printed to meet the outstanding requests. We hope to send them out fairly soon.
      Hope this helps

    1. Hi Mike
      Thanks for your post.
      We only ordered a limited run of these and the offer is now closed unfortunately. Thank you for your interest though.

    1. Hi Ramon
      Thanks for your post.
      We only ordered a limited run of these and the offer is now closed unfortunately. Thank you for your interest though.

  3. I put my request in beginning of the month o November and I still haven’t gotten my decal yet and I was wondering if you still have any left.

    1. Hi Christian
      Thanks for your post.
      These turned out to be very popular so we are needing to get some more printed to meet the outstanding requests. We hope to send them out fairly soon.

    1. Hi Ian
      Thanks for your post and apologies for the delay.
      Just to let you know, these turned out to be very popular so we need to get some more printed to meet the outstanding requests. We hope to send them out fairly soon.
      Hope this helps.

    1. Hi Josh
      Thanks for your post.
      These stickers turned out to be very popular so we are needing to get some more printed to meet the outstanding requests. We hope to send them out fairly soon.
      Hope this helps

    1. Hello Dominic
      Apologies for the delay, We have a few more to send our so bear with us on this. It proved very popular!

  4. I ordered my sticker on 1st November but I still haven’t received it, many others in the MR2 Owners Club (www.mr2oc.co.uk) received theirs almost a week ago. Am I going to receive one?

    1. Hi Dominic. We’ve just taken a look on our database and it appears that your request wasn’t registered for some reason. Don’t despair though! We will send you an email and you can reply to us with your home address. We’ll get one in the post for you ASAP. Sorry for the wait.

    1. Hi Bryan
      Thanks for your post.
      We have no information regarding another MR2 unfortunately but do stay tuned to our Blog for the latest news.

    1. Hi Adam
      Thanks for your post
      We have checked this and have seen you did manage to register at the weekend so leave this with us for now. Having to get more stickers printed!

  5. Hi was in my mate’s tattoo shop getting some ink and negotiated and
    Bought my 1991 mr2,have been dying to buy one for years

    1. Hi John
      Thanks for your post.
      What a great story! A tat and a car at the same time. You weren’t having a tattoo of the car were you?

    1. Hi Craig
      Thanks for your post
      We have checked this and have seen you did manage to register at the weekend so leave this with us for now. Having to get more stickers printed!

    1. Hi Chi
      Thanks for your post
      We have checked this and have seen you did manage to register at the weekend so leave this with us for now. Having to get more stickers printed!

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  7. Trying to sign up for the sticker, but it fails every time. “Failed to send your message. Please try later or contact the administrator by another method.”

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