10k: Flyin Miata: 1997 Mazda MX-5 Turbo

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a car that needs no introduction to the average car enthusiast, average dude or even some high functioning great apes.  They were ubiquitous in the 1990s as the convertible 2-seater for the masses who like to turn and are inexpensive performers for the average man today.  Mazda has built over a million of the little roadsters in the past 23 years and the only issue is lack of power…easily solved with an aftermarket turbo kit.  Find this 1997 Mazda MX-5 Turbo for sale in Brooklyn, NY for $9,750 via craigslist.  Seller submission from Brian A.

The 1st generation Mazda MX-5 (Miata in the US market) featured a simple jelly bean shape, pop-up headlamps and a lightweight chassis for basic motoring pleasure.  The MX-5 sold well around the world not because of what it had, but because of what is lacked — needless complexity, fancy-pants styling and extra mass were not on the option list from Mazda.

 This MX-5 was equipped from the factory with a 130 horsepower 1.8 liter inline-4, but it has been augmented with a turbocharger kit from Flyin Miata – a well known tuner and house of madness for Miata transformations.  The seller shares a dyno sheet that shows 245 horsepower and 222 ft-lbs of torque at the rear wheels make this one a real barnstormer.

 The inside of this MX-5 looks really nice for a 16 year old car – the leather looks supple (seller states they are new sport seats with embroidered M logo) and the rest of the interior looks good too.

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