Man Trades in Collection of First Generation Toyota MR2s to Buy Mazda Miata

The once-in-a-lifetime trade-in contained one first-generation MR2 for every year of production.

byRob Stumpf|
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Would you trade in your collection of uncommon '80s dream cars in order to get something a bit more modern into your stable? Earlier this week Ben Brotherton, the sales manager at Coad Toyota in Missouri, received a rather obscure trade-in of not one, but five first-generation Toyota MR2s.

According to Brotherton, the once in a lifetime trade-in came from a retired college professor who had fulfilled his dream of collecting one of every model year first-generation MR2s. After declaring that maintaining five classics was just too much to keep up with, he wanted something a bit more commonplace to be the centerpiece of his collection.

Here's a brief look at what the trade consisted of:

  • 1985: This oldest MR2, which was originally silver, had been painted yellow after it left the factory sometime during its 207,000-mile journey across North America. This particular car is the only non-stock example in the lot with non-OEM wheels.
  • 1986: The red car sports 140,000 miles and was the previous owner's pièce de résistance which accompanied him to shows. It's also the only car with a solid metal roof.
  • 1987: Climbing down in mileage is the white example from '87 with just 80,500 miles on the clock. Unlike its older siblings, this car had an automatic transmission.
  • 1988: Also white in color, this particular variant also had an automatic transmission with 78,500 miles. However, it was the only supercharged car in the pack.
  • 1989: Last, but certainly not least, was the manual-transmission-equipped '89 MR2 in beautiful Ice Blue Pearl. This car had been driven the least of all with just over 28,000 miles.

It's also worth noting that the particular gentleman who traded in the collection also sold the dealer a black first-generation MR2 in 2017 when he bought a new brand new Tacoma, meaning that the collection consisted of at least six cars at one point. These five examples helped fund his newest purchase; a low mileage 2016 Mazda Miata.

According to the dealer, after posting the trade-in on social media, prospective buyers reached out from all over the country wanting to purchase the cars. At the time of writing, all but the yellow 1985 MR2 have been sold since Monday.

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