Reasonable Ride: 1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata

September 30, 2021 Update: The high bid of $5,000 did not meet the seller’s reserve of $8,000, so this 1991 Mazda Miata is now listed on our “Rides Still Available” page. If you are willing to pay the seller’s reserve of $8,000 or want to make a counter-offer, then click the blue “Buy Now or Make a Counter Offer” to go to the selling page.

GuysWithRides.com is proud to offer this 74K original mile, 1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata as our latest “Reasonable Rides” offering. Reasonable rides are auctions on our website where the seller requested a reserve price under $10,000.

Bidding started Thursday, September 16, 2021, and runs for 14 consecutive days through Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 9:00 PM Eastern time.

This 1991 Mazda Miata currently resides in southern Oregon, just a few miles north of the California border.

Current High Bid = $5,000

Reserve Meter – the green bar indicates how close the high bid is to the seller’s reserve price. When the green bar is full, the reserve has been met!

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Mazda rocked the automotive world at the Chicago Auto Show in February 1989 with its new MX-5 sports car featuring a base price of under $14,000.  After a nearly ten-year gap left when British Leyland packed up MG and Triumph in 1980, Mazda took a gamble that consumers were still interested in two-seat classic sports cars as long as they came with better reliability, tops that sealed passengers from the elements, and a great driving experience.  Mazda succeeded at all three and the first generation “NA” Mazda was a huge sales success. Thirty years on, the first generation Miata has proven to be a very reliable car, whether used on the street or the track.  Consequently, it’s getting harder to find driver-quality examples such as the Crystal White example featured here at auction.

Lance, the fourth and current caretaker of this 74.4K original mile 1991 Mazda Miata, confirms his car is fully sorted and up to date on all maintenance. The seller notes he is responsible for approximately seven thousand of the total miles accrued during his eight years of ownership.  He notes the most significant modification not easily visible was the installation of a marine-style battery box in the car’s trunk to facilitate the use of a standard-size battery (fun fact: first-generation Miatas use a special-size battery that tends to be very expensive with a shorter life than more common size offerings). Exterior modifications from stock include the chrome American Racing five-spoke aftermarket wheels (shod with sticky summer-only rubber) and a black anti-theft style radio antenna. Interior modifications are limited to an aluminum shift knob and an aftermarket stereo head unit.

The picture below is the link for the Complimentary CarFax® confirming this 1991 Mazda Miata has four owners and to date remains accident-free. To review the complete CarFax, please click on the picture below and press your browser window’s back button to return to this page when done:

As mentioned above, the seller agreed to a reserve price well under ten thousand dollars, making this car qualify as one of our “Reasonable Rides.” To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past two years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

If you have any questions about this 1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata auction, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

14 Comments
  1. Harlan Lobel

    Can you tell me when and how much of the car was repainted?

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    • Anonymous

      I am not aware of when any painting took place. I suspect that the right front fender was replaced some time before I purchased the car in August 2013. The only visual evidence of that (to me) is at one of the attachment points of the fender to the body, at the top near the hood hinge. Feel free to ask any other questions you may have.

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  2. Jonelle leslie

    Hello! Just want to confirm that she turns over and drives?

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    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Jonelle, yes, the seller reports their Miata runs and drives well.

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    • Anonymous

      Sorry to be so long in replying. I am the owner – this car turns right over, and is very reliable – has never stranded me. It runs strong, and is very quick and agile. If you have ever driven a Miata, you know that you do not just drive it, you wear it. The seating and control placement was very well designed. It has a weight distribution of 51% front, 49% rear. I can not stress enough how well it handles – fun to drive does not do it justice. Ask any other questions you like.

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  3. Michael Rapoport

    Hi do you happen to know if this is an ‘A’, “B’, or Special edition package? Also does the car have anti-lock brakes?

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    • Anonymous

      To my knowledge, the car is not equipped with ABS. Additionally, I believe it is not a special edition. As for your reference to whether it is an A or B – it is an A as in NA, or first generation.

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  4. Anonymous

    Is there any rust?

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    • Guys with Rides

      According to the seller, this is a western, rust-free Miata.

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  5. Gerald

    Where is the car located?

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    • Guys with Rides

      Please note the third paragraph and the “Deets” table at the top of the listing indicate where the car is located.

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  6. Mark Gillett

    Does it have limited Slip Differential, a stand alone option if the car did not have it in a package (B I think).

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  7. Paul Guglielmo

    Hi, I would like to see the car.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Paul, we’re emailing you this as well, but if you’re serious about buying the car, you need to place a realistic bid on the car before we exchange your information with the seller. The fee will be refunded immediately if you decide not to buy the car.

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