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The SW20 was a damn nice MR2. I remember it well and wish I still owned one. As always, it was Dan Gurney working behind the scenes with Toyota that so greatly influenced the handling of the car....... (y)

Here is a pic of a former SW20 I use to own....... :oops:...... Yes, it was a write off, mea culpa.

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I wish I had been born 20yrs earlier than I was, so I could own the cars I love when they were new, instead of after they have been run through by 1 or 5 owners before me

Edit: 20k in 1990 is 45k in 2022
 

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I wish I had been born 20yrs earlier than I was, so I could own the cars I love when they were new, instead of after they have been run through by 1 or 5 owners before me

Edit: 20k in 1990 is 45k in 2022
I started reading your response and was going to ask your age... but then you sort of come to what I was going to say.
Twenty grand thirty years ago was a lot of money. But you put the comparison in already, a $45k car (and they went up from there in the following years) - that's not chump change, especially hard if youre only 20 at the time or something.

And that price point is why we lost many of the 'jdm sportscars' - they just got so dang expensive.
For comparison, in 1991 you could get a base 911 for 26k
 

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According to JD Power, the base price of a 1991 Porsche 911 C2 was $62,200 USD..... :p

I remember when you could buy a brand new 1979 930 Turbo for $45K USD off the showroom floor. During that same era, I also recall when I could have bought a used Toyota 2000 GT for $85K USD. I laughed at the offer. Used Ferrari Daytona Spider's during this time sold for $100K USD and 427 AC Cobra's sold for $75K USD.

I remember seeing a brand new Ford GT40 with a 289 parked on a Ford Dealership showroom when I was a very young kid. Sticker price was $10K CDN. That same Ford Dealership years later had a secret stash of Shelby Mustang's and AC Cobra's hidden away in an underground bunker that the son of the deceased owner had no interest in. He sold them all, but I still recall an immaculate GT40 going for $100K CDN, which was a very tidy sum of money back then. Today that same money would be a tune up and maintenance.
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The new and much improved MR2 - SW20 - was such a good car that it very much overshadowed the AW11 in a big way. Toyota doesn't promote cars they use to sell, only the ones that they currently sell.

Recently it seems that the first gen original MR2 - AW11 - has made a resurgence in popularity, as it should.... :cool:

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I was basing on this

If I was incorrect on my number I apologize.
Here's another I just found, 1990 Carrera 2, 59k

So maybe the first was incorrect. Oh, it happens.
 

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I used to devour those articles in pubic libraries, especially the 'shootouts' when the editors took 10 sports cars and had it out at a track measuring everything. Motor Trend did that a lot too.

If you go back over some "Motoring Week" videos, you'll see that a fully equipped '93/'94 turbo could go as high as $33K or so - one of the reasons it died out. That's almost $70K today. I know that's how much a friend of my father's paid for his, $33K in 1993 for a fully equipped black SW20 turbo.
 

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They were pricey as hell in Canada as well. A fully loaded SW20 in '91 was well over $30K CDN.

$33K USD for a '93-'94 SW20.....wow.... o_O...... I'm not surprised.

I was able to get a sweetheart deal on my first SW20 in '91 and still paid $25K CDN. It's MSRP sticker was $32K Cdn.

Here is some kind of factory inspection sheet all in Japanese with the VIN # and installed options that came with the car. This MR2 was designated as a SW22 , meaning a fully loaded MR2 Turbo.

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To try and place all these prices in perspective my very first AW11 in '85 cost me $16K CDN and I had to fly to Vancouver to get that price. All the local dealers where I lived refused to sell an MR2 for that cheap.
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When they were first introduced in March 1985, most dealerships only received a single MR2 and never saw another one for 6 months. Such was the initial demand.


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In the early 90's, I remember seeing two MK1s in my tiny town in central Iowa. Both were owned by doctors, and ever since the first time seeing one, I was in love. I was 10 or 11 years old. I had no idea how much they cost, but it seemed like a doctors sports car to me at the time. I bought my first one, an 88 NA in Orange Pearl Mica. I also remember looking at a used 1993 turbo at a dealership in 1999. It had over 120K miles already, but seemed to be in great shape. I think the dealer was asking $23K at the time. Ouch.
 

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I think this is an excerpt from the exact "Bang for the Buck" article in the August '94 edition of Motor Trend that got me excited to own it one day.

I vividly remember being disappointed that the SW20 shipped w/ 15" wheels, nothing I couldn't fix though. That same issue listed the SSR 16" forged wheels at $400/wheel ($800 in today's bucks).
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