Pristine High Miler: 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata – SOLD!
November 5, 2021 Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
The many virtues of the first-generation Mazda Miata are well-documented and need no repeating here; still, when a clean NA chassis example shows up, it’s always worth a look. This 1990 Miata was originally listed in October 2021 on Craigslist in Naples, Florida with a healthy 80,925 miles on the clock but still presenting extremely well, listed with an asking price of $7,500. Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller is right on the money, with a car in “Good” condition valued at $8,400 and an “Excellent” specimen pegged at a heady $17,300.
The NA Miata has long been a favorite of numerous demographics of car enthusiasts, from track day veterans to retirees in sunny climates. The car is inherently charming, sort of like the labrador retriever of open-top two-seaters. The power is never overwhelming but seemingly perfect for the car’s size; the handling is obviously lithe and predictable. To some drivers, the best feature is its unflappable reliability; take it from someone who bought quite possibly the worst example of an NA Miata when he was very young and short on patience (and cash) – they are very, very hard to kill. They can rust if you let them, so buying out of Florida’s delightful west coast makes a lot of sense. The options were somewhat limited, but if you can find one with the factory limited-slip differential, that’s the way to fly.
The Hagerty Insurance YouTube Channel provides this video Buyer’s Guide on what to look for when buying an “NA” vintage Mazda Miata:
This clean 1990 Miata has been the seller’s daily driver since he picked it up in 2019. A growing family necessitates moving the Miata along for a car with more than two seats, but even with his relatively short period of ownership, the seller hasn’t let the car be neglected. This Miata benefits from a respray and new top courtesy of its previous owner, and the paint still presents well in photos. The seller doesn’t confirm whether it’s a ten-footer, but it looks good here. This Miata is optioned with the desirable limited-slip, and the seller confirms it left the factory this way. Recent maintenance under his care includes the valve cover gasket and the rear main seal, and the tires have just 20,000 miles of use. Buying a first-generation Miata in a condition like this is a smart move, as it will return plenty of road-going smiles and cost you very little in return. Good luck with the purchase if you take this higher mileage but super clean Miata home.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“It’s always convertible weather down here in southwest Florida!
This charming little roadster has been my daily driver since I purchased it in August 2019 and has been a blast and dead reliable. A growing family necessitates I switch to a vehicle with more than two seats.
Please remember, this is a thirty-year-old car and is not perfect, but overall is in great shape. She needs to go to a good home! I am in no rush to sell. Serious offers only, please and thank you. I work full time but will do my best to accommodate serious buyers, not tire kickers, joyriders, low ball offers, etc.
• Unmodified 1.6 inline-four (fires right up and runs great; avg. 29 MPG city)
• Optioned with the limited-slip differential from new
• Unfortunately, was NOT optioned with A/C, however, putting all the windows down does create some nice airflow
• Repainted in 2019 by the previous owner
• Convertible top replaced by previous owner; rear window was replaced with a glass window
• No major accidents or damage since I’ve owned it, but a few bumps and bruises have been repaired during my ownership (contact for details)
• Tires have about 20,000 miles on them with plenty of tread left
• Brakes work great; parking brake holds car no problem
• Rear main seal was replaced back in May of this year
• Valve cover gasket was replaced back in February of this year.”
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