Great story!! Similarly, I had cars that I sold that somehow find their way back to me. One was a 1988 Toyota Celica AllTrac Turbo I owned and sold in New York 14 years ago, found it’s way to Seattle at Dirtfish Rally School, and I just moved from NYC to Seattle and saw what looked to me my old car, and checking the VIN it was… I bought my car back.
Anyways, to keep this on topic, I’m a huge MR2 fan and owner. Bought my first one in 2001 and had at least one since then (minus the period of time I sold my first MR2 for a Lotus Exige S). Back then (early 2000s) Hagerty would not insure the MR2 for certain owners and others such as me had success. Of course now, it is definitely a classic and Hagerty will insure it and feature it in their articles and Being A Trailer will have them occasionally. My current ride is a 1986 (MK1a) 2-tone (“Sherwood”) sunroof model and a 2000 Spyder. I absolutely love the boxy styling, how easy the car is to work on, reliable (my daily is a BMW X5), and most of all, how direct and manual the driving experience is. Always a smile when I see or drive a deuce.