Curbside Classic Outtake: Happy Mother's Day

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer
curbside classic outtake happy mother s day

Just what every Mother would want: a color-coordinated magenta Miata to go along with her purple irises and yellow tulips.

This is neither the time or the color of car to do a full Curbside Classic. But I can tell you this much (unless I’ve lost my head); this wasn’t a stock color. In fact, the earliest Miata came in only three difficult choices: red, white or blue.

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  • PhotoJim PhotoJim on May 10, 2010

    I bet this one has a slushbox...

  • Rod Panhard Rod Panhard on May 10, 2010

    Miatas are fun to drive, easy to own, and they're far from rare. So when you do get one, you can paint it whatever color you like. Plus, they're so darned reasonably priced, the only reason to not own one for each day of the week is because you have kids to put through college. If you ever want to know how to pick out the fools at a car show, listen for the guys who will dismiss a Miata as a "chick car."

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    • Durailer Durailer on May 11, 2010

      +1 Though my perfect 2-seater would have the body of a TR5 with the mechanics and handling of the Miata. The first-gen's bland jellybean shape deceives general enthusiasts to write it off as chick's car.

  • Lou_BC Panther black? Borrowed from Dodge panther pink? One could argue that any Camaro is a limited run.
  • SCE to AUX I much prefer the looks of the Tucson version, but either is a great value.How was the driveability, namely the electric/gas transition? I had H/K's first attempt in a 13 Optima Hybrid (now in my son's garage), and it was gruff and abrupt in that phase of driving.
  • SCE to AUX My guess of $60k from a few years ago may be low.My EPA estimate would be 263 miles, but that's unladen, temperate conditions, driven at the speed limit, and 0% left in the tank - all unrealistic.Subtract 15% for full payload, 20% for cold, 10% for speed, and 20% minimum battery level, and you're down to 129 usable miles at times. Even in nice conditions (springtime, town driving), I'd only expect 180 usable miles.This vehicle will have the same challenge as electric pickups do - when used as intended (traveling with family and stuff in this case), the utility is lost.When these hit US roads, expect to see videos of unhappy/surprised customers who thought this thing would go 260+ miles all the time. For starters, it should have a 150 kWh battery, minimum, and then you're talking real money.No, I wouldn't buy it, but it might be a fun rental for local driving.The common argument "once everyone who wants one gets one, sales will die" may not apply here. 789k New Beetles were sold in the US from 1998-2021. True, sales dropped 50% in 5 years, and another 60% in the next 5 years, but it ebbed along for two decades, helped by a refresh along the way. That's not a bad run for a niche car.
  • Theflyersfan I still have visions of Radio Shack and Circuit City and Silo - the huge walls filled with hundreds of aftermarket cassette players fit for any budget and style. And the eyes would always go to the Alpine ones with the green lighting. When I see the old Japanese cars like this, I'm always reminded of those aftermarket stereos because it was like a rite of passage slapping in your own cassette deck and maybe if your rich enough, four new speakers, and mega-bucks here, the equalizer and amp. And this Toyota still has less rust on it than an 07 Silverado, so there's one positive.
  • Parkave231 Agree with everyone else here -- big initial push, and then everyone who wants one will have one.I am curious whether, or how much, extra engineering they had to do with respect to the front crash structure. Yes, this isn't a cab-over situation like the original and many 60s/70s vans, but there's still not a lot of real estate between you and the front bumper. (Maybe it's just an illusion.) I suppose with just enough nose and empty space in front of the firewall they could have a pretty beefy impact system there.
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