This 1990 Mazda MX5 Miata represents the first model year of one of the most significant driver convertibles ever. After all, You get the kind of open-top nimble car fun from the Europeans, but now with the Japanese build quality. And this one upholds that feeling ideally with nice upgrades that make it a better enthusiast's machine - all while never losing the attractive price.
The Miata was about rekindling the classic European sports car feeling, and now enough time has passed that the first-year example like this is a true classic in its own right. So it's eligible for vintage car plates and benefits in most states that offer it. And because of this vintage status, we like that this is a factory white car. These look terrific in red, but when dealing with a classic, it also feels right in a timeless hue. It's unknown if the odometer represents the total mileage, but this is a driver-quality and driver-ready car. After all, the full appeal of a Miata is taking it out for a joyride every opportunity you get. And the value price allows room in your budget to update any part of the fit and finish however you like. And as you've looked over this one, you've probably already spotted some nice upgrades. The Pacer alloys and dual exhaust tips elevate the car's sporty attitude. There are also polished upgrades like the trunk luggage rack and roll hoops that add both style and substance. Plus, the color-matched hardtop is an accessory we rarely see, with an attractive wraparound rear window for a distinct coupe profile.
We like having the removable hardtop option, but part of the Miata's appeal is about being an open-top car. It's especially nice to have factory fabric seats when you're out all day with the roof down and the sunshine warming the interior. And there will be plenty of weekend drives because this car was made for it. The layout speaks to your enthusiast's soul with high-back bucket seats, a well-placed shifter, a grippy sports steering wheel, and crisp gauges with a large speedo and tach. There are some nice luxuries like an upgraded AM/FM/CD stereo and provisions for air conditioning (it will need servicing to blow cold again.) Plus, there's an overall feeling of Japanese build quality. So if the weather unexpectedly does turn wet, the black folding soft top quickly goes up with a one-arm kind of ease, and the roll-up windows help seal this one up nicely... that's something that makes many of the classic European cars jealous.
The 1.6-liter DOHC fuel-injected motor is all about being a rev-happy powerhouse with a versatile feel, no matter if you're at a stoplight or see an open spot on the highway. And the five-speed manual transmission puts you in the center of the action. And the power steering is dialed in for the right, nimble, connected feeling. Add in a fully independent suspension and four-wheel power disc brakes, and this one reminds you why the Miata has been such a hit as a driver's car from day one.
The sale comes with a car cover and the owner's manual packet. The Miata makes a great base for whatever fun you want to have. It has cool grand touring upgrades right now, and you have the potential for anything you want, right down to a vintage racer. So owning a first-year Miata like this is like being able to choose your adventure every time you go out to the garage. Call now!