Ratish: 1991 Mazda Miata Track Car

It’s been said that the Miata is responsible for saving the SCCA among its other achievements in being The Answer To Everything.  I don’t know if that is true, but it is a good way to dip your toe into the world of Track Days for not a lot of shekels.  And there are usually at least one or two Miata track rats for sale On Any Sunday in your local craiglist.   Find this 1991 Mazda Miata Track Car for sale in Duval, WA for $6,000 via craigslist.

The miles may be high on it, but for $6K, there are a lot of goodies in the deal.  Here’s the sellers ad:

Breaking up is hard to do. Not even sure I’m ready or willing. But… money talks.

$6000 firm. Period. Not a dime less. If you want to negotiate, pretend I listed it for more.

This is a fairly well sorted track car. You could daily it but I wouldn’t.

1991 LNC 1.6. 212k miles and change. May increase slightly if I take it out to play.

Major components include:

Factory hardtop

Racing Beat header

Racing Beat exhaust (no name test pipe)

Racing Beat intake

AWR motor mounts

Garage Star delrin diff mounts

Type I Torsen from 95

Fidanza light flywheel with new friction surface

ACT clutch

Fresh oil change (T6 since I’ve owned it), Amsoil GL4 in tranny, and Severe Gear in diff (first drive in a few months was last weekend)

Koni yellow with Ground Control sleeves (550/350 rates)

Konig 15×8 wheels (originally white and spray bombed bronze) with 225/45 Hankook RS3 (lots of life left – 3 track days and a couple of wet autocross sessions)

Racing Beat sway bars, brace blocks, and 949 end links in front

1.8 brake upgrade with Cobalt XR3/5 pads

Garage Star fender braces

Garage Star frame rails

Brainstorm Performance roll bar with SFI padding

PCI seat mount and Sonic Motors seat with OMP 6 point harness

Momo steering wheel and NRG quick release

DDM works 3 gauge stereo kit

AC removed

Depowered steering rack (FM method, pinion not yet welded)

Pretty red tow hooks

Other randomness:

Timing belt and water pump less than 5,000 miles ago

Fresh NGK plugs and wires

eBay angled shift extension

Trunk release added (didn’t come on all 91’s)

The worst racing stripes ever ever

eBay GV lip

Cut rear bumper

Dual duty alignment from Omni in Kirkland

Brand new windshield wipers

Aftermarket headlights (can’t remember brand – no more sealed beam!)

Vintage armrest with 20 years of funk

Folder full of details and receipts from P.O. and random records from me

Brand new battery

Parts for negotiating (sitting in the garage not installed):

Megasquirt 1 – the OG!

LC1 wideband and gauge

Energy Suspension full poly kit

Kirkey aluminum seat

Vintage 3″ OMP 5 point harness (red)

Rev Limiter gauges

Box of random parts and spares

NOTHING will be sold separate from the car. Zip, zero, nada. Don’t ask. If it doesn’t sell I’ll keep playing with it. Especially not the hardtop a[BLEEP]e. Don’t beg. I don’t care.

The racing seat is bolted in place so if you can’t reach the pedals I’ll take you for a ride. Happy to swap in the stock seat for anyone with $$$$.

I’m sure I forgot some s[BLEEP]t. Plan is to sell this to fund fun parts for a basic NB build. Maybe. Or to retire from wrenching. I don’t know. Decisions are hard.

Oh… and I haven’t washed the car in like 3 years. I may clean it up a bit but I like the patina. You’re welcome.

5/14/18 update: Put a new battery in it and ran the Evergreen Autocross on 5/13. Finished about 5 seconds off the TTOD. Results here: https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Sessions/4852749

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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent and Miata zealot.