New York 2014: 25 Years Of Miatas

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
new york 2014 25 years of miatas

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Mazda MX-5, Mazda brought out a number of historically significant Miatas. Some, like the Coupe Concept (above), the Mazdaspeed MX-5 and the Super 20 are well known.

But how about the 500,000th car produced, or the 1998 prototype that eventually became the 1999 Miata? They’re all in the gallery below.

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  • Suto Suto on Apr 17, 2014

    Someone needs to open the hood and pull on the upper edges of the headlight doors a bit, get that hood flush. Looking forward to seeing if the new one really is light and not bloated (how the hell is a Cruze/Focus 3200 lbs? And they still poor rear headroom). Newish owner of a turbo'd 92 here. It seems Mazda fixed its rust issues around 2008, or maybe those cars are still too new. Anyone with a newer Mazda have the wheel well rust? My 2003 Protege has holes in it.

  • LeMansteve LeMansteve on Apr 17, 2014

    I have wondered why Mazda never made a coupe or hatchback version of the Miata. Perhaps it is a matter of high development costs and relatively low market potential and the manufacturing direction had to be convertible or coupe, but not both. BMW did it for a few years with the Z3 and Z4, and so did Pontiac for a very brief time with the Solstice.

    • JMII JMII on Apr 17, 2014

      Agree, plus someone above stated there should be a shooting brake Miata or at the very least a Miata hatch. There is a conversion kit out there but I've never seen one in the flesh. I'm not a fan of convertibles but a Miata hatch would all kinds of awesome. Or maybe Nissan could just make a lighter version of my Z.

  • Dukeisduke I don't like how they've changed their nameplates and font from the Star Trek-ish LEXUS, to L E X U S, kinda like VW's lettering on the back of the T A O S, or those stick-on letters you can buy at the parts store that people use to their own names on the back of their cars.
  • Dukeisduke So, the screen goes blank for two-tenths of a second, every once in a while - what could go wrong?
  • Dukeisduke "Hello, IT. Have you tried turning it off and on again?"(Roy in The IT Crowd)
  • Dukeisduke Just Say No To Bugs!
  • Dukeisduke So, avoid calcium? You're going to increase osteoporosis, among other things.