It was only a matter of time before a Mazda MX-5 Miata appeared in the daily turismo. Before all the naysayers start calling it a hair dresser’s car and commenting on how slow it is – try driving a Z06 fast on the street and see how quickly you get into ‘take me to jail speeds’ – try the same in a Miata and you will find a car with excellent balance and enough torque to have fun (but not X1/9 slow!). With so many Miatas to chose from, we almost picked a turbo side pipe equipped model, or this 2nd generation low mile example (also sold by some lowlife car flipper who will probably tell you its ‘a solid car’ with having only driven it home from an auction yard– stay away from car flippers!)- but finally found this clean 85k mile 1995 Miata located in Littleton, CO for $5500 asking via craigslist.
Mazda introduced the Miata in 1989 as a surprise revival of British style open-air motoring with Japanese reliability. The resulting car is the best selling two seat convertible of all times with around 1 million cars sold in the last 23 years. 1st generation cars are our favorite at the daily turismo because they are lighter (2100-2300 lbs), cheaper and have pop-up headlights.
All Miatas are equipped with a dual overhead cam inline 4 cylinder engine mated to a 5 speed manual transmission driving the rear wheels. This particular model a the post mid-cycle refresh car and equipped with the 1.8 liter engine putting out 128 hp and 110 ft-lbs of torque. No indication from the seller if this car has the optional limited slip differential – a must-have for us at the daily turismo.
This Miata seems to have a decent top – the rear plastic looks clear – probably a replacement top or a car that spent its days inside. The ‘perky blue metallic’ paint still shines nicely and looks to be free of the classic clear coat sunburn skin peel effect that plagues most 90s Japanese cars.
Stock low-mileage examples of cars like the Miata are disappearing from the roads or for sale as ‘original owner’ cars by shady wheeler dealers — act now before the nice ones are all in museums.
Does this Mazda belong in a museum or hair salon parking lot?
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