1991 Mazda Miata Mx5 Special Edition Se British Racing Green Brg #3738/4000 Lsd on 2040-cars
Seneca, South Carolina, United States
If you are someone looking for the ultimate Miata time capsule, then you have finally found it. For all intents and purposes this is a one owner car; the original owner owned it from 1991 when she (a doctor's wife) bought it new and then they finally sold it near the end 2013. The owner kept EVERY single receipt. I even have the original window sticker, car magazine articles from the era, the "Miata Book", the letter from Mazda to the original owners of the BRG SE Miatas, and various other memorabilia that a true Miata aficionado will appreciate. A rare find for sure. Car has spent almost its entire life on Hilton Head Island in SC where it was used primarily as transportation to and from the golf course and pleasure cruising, thus the low miles. Lovingly garaged its entire life, and it shows. Those who have looked at these cars know how rare it is to see the OEM Mazda soft top intact, let alone in phenomenal shape like this one. Even the factory paint markings on the bolt heads are still visible underneath the hood and on the bottom of the chassis. All body panel VIN tags in place and un touched. OEM floor mats look brand new. Car is equipped with the highly desired limited slip differential, leather interior, and power windows.....basically all the goodies you could get in 1991. I have the factory tonneau cover, top boot, owner's manual, factory front license plate mount (never installed), factory ash tray for the center console, factory cup holder, etc. Nothing, and I mean nothing is missing here. Brand new tires all around.
Now with all that being said, I want to start by saying I'm a perfectionist so a lot of things I see as faults the average guy wouldn't even care about or notice. But regardless, I try to be as up front an honest about a car's condition from my point of view. So the only flaws that I see are:
1) Light bolster wear on driver's seat edge
2) Paint on top of dash is degrading, just like any Miata with the black painted dash from this era experiences. On cars receiving black dashes from the factory, Mazda simply sprayed the tan plastic dashes installed in all vehicles black. Over time, the paint gets "tacky" and starts to degrade. Very common "issue" if you search. Personally, I didn't find it to be an issue at all. Definitely wasn't worth pulling the dash just to paint the dash top.
3) Original owner replaced the factory head unit with a Pioneer CD player. She did not keep the OEM unit so unfortunately I don't have it. Again....wasn't a big deal to me, but I realize that it's a detail that could be important to some.
3) As well preserved as the factory paint job is, I don't want to give the impression that it is perfect or showroom condition. There are some scratches and a ding here and there, most notably on the driver's rear quarter panel. Looks like where a belt may have scratched it from the driver leaning over to put up the top. Looks like there was one on the right front fender as well that has been fixed with touch up paint.
So there you have it. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a Miata this complete, this original, with this low of mileage from this era. Happy bidding.
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Looking at recent spy shots of the fourth-generation Mazda Miata, it's obvious this sporty little roadster will grow in size compared to the current model, but it's also going on a diet. At the Tokyo Motor Show, Auto Motor und Sport sat down with Mazda executive Kiyoshi Fujiwara, who gave a little more insight into the Miata's redesign.
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Fujiwara said that they're aiming for a curb weight of a tonne (metric ton), which is 1,000 kilograms or right around 2,200 pounds, for the next-generation Miata. This would make the roadster at least 300 pounds lighter than the current NC Miata, but still about 200 pounds heavier than the original NA.
There is no indication as to how Mazda will go about removing that much weight from the bigger car, but with as popular as the power retractable hard top (PHRT) model is on the current car, the new Miata may ditch this feature to lose its weight. Improving the power-to-weight ratio appears to be a key goal of the Mazda team, so we also wouldn't be surprised to see a more powerful engine underneath the longer hood.
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While we're still a ways off from the automotive awards season proper, where things like North American Car and Truck of the Year, Motor Trend's Car of the Year and Car and Driver's Ten Best are named, that doesn't mean there aren't trophies being handed out to deserving automakers. Ward's 10 Best Interiors being one of them.
As the name might imply, the magazine focuses on the very best interior treatments in the US market. Whereas some awards purposely exclude extreme, high-dollar offerings, Ward's considers them - the only requirement is that a vehicle has a "new or significantly redesigned interior."
Ward's offered up the list of winners in simple, alphabetical order, and it only seems fair to do the same: