Oh dear. I am getting old. I opened a letter the other day (yes Twitterers and Facebook junkies, such things still exist) from a Mr. Sachs in Midlothian, Virginia, and out fluttered a selection of photos of his mint 1987 Toyota Supra Turbo. It looked brand new, and no wonder: As Mr. Sachs explained, the car has less than 30,000 miles on the clock. But what surprised me more was the Supra had just been registered as an antique vehicle. An antique! Damn! I went to the launch of that car… That Supra was one of the products of a golden age at Toyota; a 10-year purple patch that saw the Nagoya-based company release the most interesting and involving cars in its history. Cars like the fourth generation Celica GT-S with the 3S-GE twin cam engine and suspension tuned, reportedly, by Lotus. I generally find front drive cars bigger than a Golf or a Civic a bore, but that Celica was a delight to drive; the 3S-GE would zing happily to 7000 rpm (and in 1985, this was the stuff an Italian … [Read more...] about Toyota: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
1991 toyota mr2 turbo
Coming off the high of last week’s Jalopnik Film Festival is no easy feat and I was aware of this challenge the entirety of last week, but the problem now is whether or not I actually want to come off of such a high, and the answer is relatively simple. No. With so much news having come out of the last two weeks it’s been relatively hectic here at GTPlanet but as always we’re on top of things bringing you the news you want to read. With that said the advent of last week’s Tokyo Game Show brought with it nothing new to GT’s core audience and this could be resultant of several factors all currently residing in the unknown zone; a zone many of us don’t like venturing into, but with all things interesting it’s a necessary evil for the time being. The trick is to not leave one lingering in such a zone for too long, which in the end results in nothing more but a waning interest. There’s the possibility that nothing new being revealed at GT6 was … [Read more...] about GTPlanet Weekly Rewind: The Virtual Divide
I assure you I’ve had this particular image earmarked since last week, the fact that there just happened to be a “Lamborghini Exclusive” Seasonal Event this past Wednesday was a pure coincidence. A coincidence that almost swayed me from using this, but aren’t you glad that I decided to use it anyway? We’re coming up on the Rewind’s first year anniversary and I haven’t the foggiest idea how I’m going to handle that, which is why I’m turning to all of you: if you have any ideas for the upcoming celebration don’t be shy, drop me a private message or post whatever idea you have in the comments below. Remember, next month is poised to be full of gaming related news every which way, so it will be better to have ideas on hand now and not at the last minute. We’re quickly approaching the beginning of everything new in November and of course, Thanksgiving. I’ve been looking forward to that particular holiday since June! Of … [Read more...] about GTPlanet Weekly Rewind: My Favourite Game
Once upon a time, there was a man who would buy old Ford Pops for a fiver, add nothing but petrol and then, when the car expired, leave it by the side of the road. The next day he’d buy another. This was one of my favourite bedtime stories my dad would tell me. I also heard tales of the 1930s Humber Super Snipe Uncle Charlie bought for £15. It was a family carrier for a few years before being broken up (its headlights and bonnet mascot ended up in our cellar). Consequently, marginal motoring has always fascinated me. The truth is that the biggest motoring expense is depreciation. I saw this first-hand when flogging new cars. What sticks in the mind is a nearly new Volkswagen Santana that was worth almost nothing in part-exchange against a new BMW 3 Series. Indeed, according to the sales training materials, my part-exchange nightmare was going to be a Saab owner with an over-inflated sense of his 900’s worth. Then in the late 1980s I went to India, where I saw … [Read more...] about 25 years of Bangernomics – how to buy and run a used car cheaply
With budgets growing increasingly tight, it can be difficult to justify the purchase of a car solely for fun. That doesn’t mean you should entirely stifle your automotive ambitions, however. There are plenty of options when it comes to interesting, affordable and usable cars. After all, just because a car’s rewarding to drive doesn’t mean it can’t be practical and mildly sensible for less than £1000. Sure, you’re still going to need to budget for insurance and running costs, but pick wisely and you should still be able to keep your overall outlay low. Here’s our top recommendations for fun £1000 cars. Ford Puma (97-02) You might not be convinced by the Puma’s styling but you’ll be sold on it once you’ve taken it out for a proper drive. Go for a 1.7-litre version and you’ll be rewarded with an eager, capable car that can sprint from 0-60mph in 9.2sec. Look for examples with decent service history as the Ford’s … [Read more...] about Fun cars for £1000
Tae-Moo writes: Sajeev! Your bottomless well of knowledge and practical opinions has turned me into a huge fan of TTAC. With all your knowledge I hope you can answer a very broad but basic question of mine:I have owned my MR2 for the past 7 years, having been my high school love (sadly it has been more bitchy than any teenage girl I dated at the time, yet I still continue to love it more than any set of D cups). Actually all the headaches caused by the car are my own fault as my electrical skills were severely insufficient to properly install any headunit or speakers. Wisely, I let all the mechanical work to be done by professionals. The body of the car has about 200k miles on it while the engine has about 50k. I replaced my N/A with a 94 turbo and has been running beautifully for the few months after.Unfortunately, after graduation, my life entered the abyss and has succumbed to the life of public finance and spreadsheets in San Francisco. Due to the high costs of … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Re-write Destiny, Re-Love The MR2
This 24 Hours of LeMons thing seems to warp the minds of once-sane car builders more deeply with each passing year. We thought it would be impossible to top the brain-boilingly great race-car creations we saw in 2012, but we were wrong! To put a bow on the eighth season of 24 Hours of LeMons action, we’re going to share some of the best cars that debuted (or were revamped beyond recognition) during 2013. Here we go!We started off the ’13 season at Carolina Motorsports Park in South Carolina, and got knocked on our asses right away by the sight of Speedycop’s “Spirit of LeMons” 1956 Cessna 310 road-racer. Speedycop and his Gang of Outlaws began building their amazing LeMons cars during the 2009 season, and (as we’ll see shortly) they weren’t done once they put their road-racing airplane on the track.The Spirit of LeMons triggered a global media frenzy that has yet to subside, but things got even crazier when Porcubimmer Racing turned their BMW … [Read more...] about An Upside-Down Camaro, The Homer, a Cessna Plane, and Many More: Our Favorite Race Cars of the 2013 LeMons Season!
From the May 1992 Issue of Car and Driver Poke an automotive journalist hard enough and he'll admit that had it not been for cruel twists of fate, he would be celebrated not as a simple scribe but as perhaps the fastest, bravest Grand Prix driver in history. So it was when a dozen or so of these undiscovered eminences recently gathered at sun-bleached Firebird Raceway near Phoenix to evaluate an updated version of Toyota's neatly packaged MR2 mid-engine two-seater. The venue was Firebird's twisty one-mile test loop, which is employed primarily by the CART Indy-car set to evaluate gearboxes and suspension setups for street races. But on this day the mission was twofold: first for Toyota to demonstrate that the MR2's wonky oversteering rear-suspension geometry had been corrected, and second, to enable the aforementioned scriveners to hone their skills in case a major team owner appeared to sweep them to stardom. (In fact, Indy superstar and Lexus dealer Bobby Rahal did drop … [Read more...] about Toyota MR2 Turbo
After a weekend of rain, trashed engines, and crashes at MSR Houston, the checkered flag waved on Sunday afternoon and we had a fresh set of winners at the 81st race in 24 Hours of LeMons history.Proving that their two previous overall LeMons wins weren’t just flukes, the Z-Wrecks team beat their 76 competitors in decisive fashion. The 31-year-old Datsun 280ZX finished the race with a three-lap cushion separating it from the Team BenzGay 1986 Mercedes-Benz 300E, taking the Class A trophy for good measure.The Class B win— and fourth place overall— went to the Blue Goose Audi 4000S. This 10-valve, non-turbo Quattro thrived during the rainstorms and looked pretty good in the dry as well.Class C was another typical hard-fought battle, with the TARP Racing Simca 1000 (actually a sectioned Simca body welded over the body of a very thrashed Toyota MR2) overcoming a fairly steep lap handicap (the team was given the choice of Class B with zero penalty laps and Class C with 8 … [Read more...] about 24 Hours of LeMons Gator-O-Rama: The Winners!
Based on pageviews, you guys didn’t particularly love Wednesday’s Ferrari. So, let us consider something at twenty percent of the price, but with maybe 85 percent of the performance:Toyota MR2 Turbo: 94.5 inch wheelbase, 2,700 lbs, 200 hpFerrari 308 GTSi QV: 92 inch wheelbase, 2,800 lbs, 240 hpNo, I’m not kidding. I don’t have proper instrumented test data at my fingertips, but the generally-close-enough accuracy of Wikipedia for both cars tells me that the performance probably isn’t too far apart.Problem is, most of the MR2s I’ve encountered while shopping for today’s feature look like posterchildren of a circa-2005 NOPI catalog. No, I want a stock one. Today’s 1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo, with around 66,000 miles, looks perfect to me.As much as I complain about poor photography when looking at used car advertisements, sometimes photos that are too good scare me off. These actually look like they could be stock photos from … [Read more...] about Digestible Collectible: 1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo