Eat your heart out RX-7 fans.
When one thinks of rare and collectible Japanese sports cars, vehicles such as the Nissan Skyline GT-R, Toyota Supra, and Mazda RX-7 tend to spring to mind. Sure, there are thousands of lesser-known JDM sports cars out there (who wouldn't want to own a Suzuki Cappuccino?), but for the majority, there are but a few big names that make the list. One Japanese sports car that is a bit lower on the desirability and price scale is the Mazda MX-5 Miata. These are great little cars, but they're literally everywhere, especially in second-generation NB guise. However, the version you see here, listed for sale on Collecting Cars, is a rare beauty. This limited-edition 2004 Mazda Roadster-based coupe was only sold in Japan, and current bids for this car stand at around 23,000 Euros (approx $26,000) with two days left to go.
This little Miata is based on the facelifted second-generation 'NBFL' RS-grade Roadster, and only 179 of these sexy coupe versions exist. This example is even more exotic as it is one of only 63 'Type S' models. The exterior features the original Arctic White paint in great condition, a set of Bilstein B6 coilovers, and rolls on 16-inch Enkei wheels. According to the seller, the undercarriage is rust-free, and the car has an accident-free history. The interior features electric windows, a radio/CD player, air conditioning, and classic white gauge faces.
Under the hood, you'll find a 1.8-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder motor with variable valve timing producing 158 horsepower. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential. This Miata shows only 49,290 miles on the odometer, and its last service was completed at 49,100 miles and includes a full fluid change (engine, trans, rear differential, radiator, brake fluid) and new brake disks and pads. The car's second owner never registered the car in their name, so the new owner will technically be the second owner. It might not be an RX-7, but it's still super cool.