How much do you think it will go for?
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the best-selling sports cars of all time. It completely redefined a segment when it was introduced in 1989, and you only need to drive the NA Miata once to understand why. You'll never want to get out, which is why we find it extremely odd that there's a 1990 model out there with 1,500 miles on the clock.
Nope, you did not read that wrong. Not 15,000 miles. Just 1,500 miles. It was purchased brand-new, and the owner never even bothered lowering the roof. It was kept in storage and the only reason it's now finally seeing the light of day is the unfortunate death of said owner.
The famous Ammo NYC body detailers prepped the car for sale as part of their Drive + Protect Series.
Ammo calls it a true time capsule, which is the perfect description. The NA Miata is a car we know exceptionally well at CarBuzz. Two of us own NA Miatas and regularly spend an irresponsible amount of money getting them back to their original condition. The only changes made to this car were a new battery, an oil change, and a new oil filter.
Watching the video of this Miata being cleaned made us as happy as it made us jealous. This is the ultimate Miata fanboy dream.
This is the early version of the Miata, so it has the 1.6-liter dual overhead cam inline four-cylinder that produced roughly 115 horsepower. This example likely still has the original number of horses, with none having the opportunity to escape over the last 32 years.
Apart from some gnarly spiderwebs, the suspension is in perfect condition. Upon closer inspection, there were a few niggles. The engine bay had a thick layer of dust, the exterior paint looked faded, and there was wax residue in certain areas. The latter is simply another sign of an owner who took great care of his car.
We traced the car to a Weiner's Auto dealership in Long Island, New Jersey. It has not been listed for sale yet, but we'll keep a close eye on its Instagram feed to see the price.
While loads of NA Miatas were sold in the USA, we correctly predicted that prices would go up eventually. But only for the right cars. Finding a model that has not been abused, turbocharged, or inexplicably turned into a BMW Z3 is tough; as a result, prices have increased significantly. It might even have something to do with the designer of the original car passing away last year. We're not talking McLaren F1 money, but if you have an NA in good condition, you can rest assured that it won't lose value.
The sale of this particular example will indicate where the NA Miata market is going. How much do you think somebody would be willing to spend on this car?