1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Clean Japanese Roadster
1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata
- 1.6L Inline 4 Cylinder
- 5 Speed Manual Transmission
- 33k Original Miles
- Air Conditioning
- Factory Optioned BBS Wheels
- Factory Hardtop
- Black Over Tan Interior
- Original Window Sticker
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“Why You Should Buy a First-Gen Mazda Miata” – Motor Trend, November 2019
The Motor Trend writer backed up his headlined assertion above with a five-point argument in favor of acquiring a first-generation Miata:
“DRIVING FUN. Famously inspired by the Lotus Elan, the sweetest handling, most chuck-able confection of the 1960s, the Miata is above all a hoot to drive… ECONOMY. Cheap to run, cheap to repair… CONVERTIBLE TOP. First off, Miatas don't leak, a concept that makes MG owners variously cackle or cry. Second, there hasn't been a manual convertible top easier to erect or take down, making this one simply the best in the business. . CHEAP TO BUY. NA Miatas found the bottom of the market, price-wise, several years ago and are on their way back up, but on a dollar-to-smile basis they're still incredibly affordable… RELIABILITY. Everything works in a Miata and if it doesn't it is A) a rare occurrence and B) easy to set right.”
Offered here, with all the above-mentioned advantages, is a 1992, first-generation Mazda Miata in black over tan. Originally delivered to Crown Mazda in Holland, Michigan, and locally owned since, the car's odometer now shows just 33,574 miles; a very conservative under-1,200 miles per-year on average since new. The car's original window sticker is included; this is one reliable sign of owner pride and care for the Miata. An even more reliable measure is the excellent overall condition of this sportscar.
The factory-original black paint retains excellent shine and good gloss across every body panel, including the removable hardtop originally optioned from the factory. Japanese paint-application technology deserves its reputation for superb execution. In the classic British-design tradition, bright trim is kept to a minimum. The rear valance features the only badging for “Mazda” and Miata” while the front bumper sports "MAzda" identification in white. Lighting lenses—including on the pop-up headlights—are clear and free of cracks or other damage; cabin glass is in similar well-kept condition. The tan-fabric convertible top is free of wear indications. Factory-optioned BBS® 14-inch wheels are mounted with Kelly® 185/50 all-season tires.
Inside, the color theme is a nicely coordinated black-and-tan. Well-bolstered high-back bucket seats are upholstered in tan leather which has been very well maintained. Only a small portion of the piping on the driver's seat bolster shows any noticeable wear at all. Door trim is tan leather with black trim on controls; as a result of owner care the Mazda-branded lower door sill trim is largely free of wear indications. The stock steering wheel in black frames a dashboard, also in black on the upper surfaces, but tan on the lower portion, making for a perfect combination in this car. Driver instrumentation includes separate analog tachometer and speedometer with smaller engine-monitoring gauges. Instrument lenses are clear. The black center stack includes HVAC vents and controls above an upgraded Pioneer® audio head unit. The shift lever (with Nardi® polished wood knob) for the 5-speed manual transmission, cupholders, power-window controls, and a combination storage area-armrest completes the console.
Under the hood, the car's original 1.6-liter, twin-overhead-camshaft inline 4-cylinder powerplant is center stage in a tidy, very clean (including the underside of the hood), and properly organized engine bay. All components are correctly mounted and there are no indications of aftermarket modifications. Viewed from below, the chassis is straight, complete, and undamaged. It's pretty clear this was a fair-weather car.
The Miata's original build and identification tags remain in place. In addition to the factory window sticker mentioned earlier, the owner's manual is also included.
While the more than 160 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '92 Miata in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
The Motor Trend writer whose review appears above noted in summary: “I've owned a few Miatas in my day, and, though I don't own one now, I guess I'm still crazy about them after all these years. Would I buy another, even if only to salt it away? Absolutely.”