1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Low-Mileage Japanese Roadster
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1994 Mazda Miata MX5
“The fact is that if you want a sports car, the MX-5 is perfect. Nothing on the road will give you better value. Nothing will give you so much fun. The only reason I'm giving it five stars is because I can't give it fourteen.” -Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear
When it comes to the Mazda Miata MX5, gushing accolades like Mr. Clarkson's are commonplace. After all, the car that Sports Car International dubbed one of the “ten best sports cars of all time” and Car & Driver named to its annual ten-best list a remarkable fourteen times has shown itself to be a standout piece of modern automotive history.
In 1989, long after the classic open-air British roadsters of the Fifties had disappeared from the scene, Mazda designers took the same recipe, added modern reliability, road manners, chassis and engine design and assembly techniques to take the automobile world by storm. In the car's early years, demand dramatically out-stripped supply. Dealers added “market adjustment” premiums, but even with cash in hand, finding a Miata in the colors you wanted was a daunting task. But if “triple black” was the combination that made for your ideal Miata back then, well, we have good news for you.
With its glossy black original paint, black cloth fabric top and black interior, the 1994 Mazda Miata MX5 offered here is a rare version of this classic car in its first generation. And with just 40,000 miles—fewer than 1,700 miles per-year since new—there are many years of top-down driving fun yet to come.
The car's overall condition is excellent. The engine bay is tidy and the 1.8-liter dual-overhead-cam powerplant starts with ease delivering an engine note to please any sorts-car purist. Underneath, the cleanliness and lack of obvious wear is more evidence of a well cared-for automobile. Pop-up headlights operate as they should. The matched set of Pirelli HP tires retains plenty of tread, and the 7-spoke alloy wheels show no curb damage. The fabric top is free of tears and its plastic rear window is clear and flexible. Inside, seating surfaces are clean and free of rips with the outside bolster on the drivers seat showing only slight wear. The 5-speed shifter and its leather boot are damage-free. There are no dash cracks, instruments are clear and the stock radio, air conditioning and cabin lighting all function as they should.
This Miata is a car that longs for an early Saturday morning drive on twisty country roads, with no particular destination. And for an owner who appreciates just how exhilarating and enticing its open-air charms can be.