Wife’s Wish: 1992 Mazda Miata Flyin Turbo – Sold?

by | Feb 2022 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

February 11, 2022 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “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.

We’ve likely heard of some fellow car enthusiasts who promised their spouse they would try to sell their treasured ride. Often, the easiest tactic is to set a ridiculous asking price that might qualify for one of “NEW!” Awards. The seller of this highly modified 1992 Mazda Miata originally listed in February 2022 on Craigslist in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) took a completely different tack by attempting to be fully transparent.  Specifically, he starts his ad with, “DO NOT BUY THIS CAR! OWNER IS EXTREMELY RELUCTANT TO SELL.” We won’t ruin the story; you can either read it for yourself below.

The seller reports being the owner of this Miata for over two decades and during that time heavily modified the car. The most notable feature is a Flyin Miata Turbo GT2560R kit installed on a 1.8L motor.  That combination likely provides over three hundred horsepower at the rear wheels, which is a significant upgrade over the original naturally-aspirated 1.6 Liter mill.

The seller currently has the car listed for $14,900.  Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has his NA Miata priced between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $8,400 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $18,300.

The Hagerty Insurance YouTube Channel provides this Buyer’s Guide for first-generation “NA” Mazda Miatas:


Here’s the seller’s description:


A promise is a promise… In a moment of weakness, I conceded to my wife to sell my favourite and beloved Miata. It has been in my possession for 20+ years but unfortunately, I do not drive it enough nor am I able to tinker with it as my body has limited such activity.

The vehicle is not stock and heavily modified. It is painted 99 Sapphire Blue with pearl white stripes. It has 67K miles, manual, PS, PB, AC, and rust-free as it was put away for hibernation each winter.

Here is a list of some of the performance modifications:
1.8 Litre swap, 5 spd, 4.3 Torsen LSD, ACT stage 2 clutch
Flyin Miata Turbo GT2560R
Electromotive Tec2 standalone ECU
RC550 Injector/ FM dual feed fuel rail
FM turbo exhaust, crossflow radiator w stage 2 fans
Mocal oil cooler, Mtuned coolant bypass
99 Club sport rotors and calipers
FM Framerail and butterfly brace, Racing beat front and FM rear subframe brace
Hardog single diagonal rollbar
GC coil overs with AGX shocks, FM sway bars
BBS RK 16×7, Bridgestone re11

The interior has some nice bits and the seats are Katzskin perforated that were professionally installed years ago.
It has a full complement of aftermarket gauges EGT, wideband, boost, coolant.

It was never abused or raced, mostly driven on the highway or backroads on the weekend. The price reflects my reluctance to sell but what I would consider to part with it.”

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