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A Very Rare Toyota MR2 TRD 2000GT Is Up For Auction

This very rare MR2 TRD 2000GT is up for grabs, and it’s beyond special

There are a few 1990s cars referred to as "The poor man’s Ferrari". The Toyota MR2 (SW20) certainly deserves it, as despite not costing nearly as much as a Ferrari, it bears striking resemblance to the Ferrari 348. With that being said, Toyota did offer a version of the MR2 that was capable of humiliating both the 348 and the F355 that came after it. TRD – Toyota’s racing division – did with the MR2 exactly the same thing they did with the Supra. They built 35 highly modified, wide-body MR2 cars, dubbed the TRD 2000GT. And now, one of them is about to be auctioned off.

A Very Rare Toyota MR2 TRD 2000GT Is Up For Auction
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Inspired by Japanese motorsports
The TRD treatment turns the MR2 into a GT300 class JGTC racer
The TRD treatment was inspired by the JGTC – Japan Gran Touring Championship – in the late 1990s.

More specifically, it was inspired by an MR2-based TRD 2000GT, consistently running in the GT300 class. The new wide-body was entirely made of fiberglass – bumpers, wing, gas flap, trunk-lid extension, and fenders. Thanks to the wide body, the TRD 2000GT was 4 inches (approx.10.2 cm) wider than the standard MR2.

Technocraft is said to have offered optional performance enhancements. It is believed that at least one of the 35 TRD 2000GT cars has that Technocraft treatment, which gives the mid-engine car 500 horsepower. It is unknown how many cars have performance enhancements. The current owner claims he has restored the car and that it has a heavily modified 2.2-liter stroker engine.

A Very Rare Toyota MR2 TRD 2000GT Is Up For Auction
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Wider and more lightweight than ever
Extensive use of fiberglass and a wide body, made it 4 inches wider than standard

All 35 cars (according to some – 37) have unique VIN numbers, like the TRD Supra 3000GT, and are designated as a TRD 2000GT. There are plenty of replicas too, but occasionally an original pops up for sale. This is one of those rare occasions. This particular example is a 1995 and according to the VIN number is “Number 35” –largely believed to be the last TRD 2000GT ever built.

The car has been enjoyed a lot as it has 149,000 miles on the clock, accompanied by a worn-out clutch. We think it’s a small price to pay for getting your hands on a rare JDM icon. The current bid at the moment is only $13,750, which is about what a low-mileage MR2 Turbo goes for. The car will be auctioned off later this month.

A Very Rare Toyota MR2 TRD 2000GT Is Up For Auction
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Source: Yahoo Auctions

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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