Crapwagon Outtake: The Greatest Car Ever
Miata. The answer to everything.
Ideal first car?
Autocrosser? Racer? Demo derby? Seriously, have you ever watched a regional level Spec Miata race?
But, with nearly a million built over twenty five years, will the Miata ever be a collectors’ item? Will your grandkids ever turn on Barrett-Jackson in twenty years to see the perfect Mazda Roadster cross the block, with Spanky Assiter screaming away?
Perhaps the limited edition cars–like the ’91 BRG, the ’94 R-package, or this, the Mazdaspeed. The first Miata to get any sort of performance bump under the hood, via turbo.
This one for sale on Autotrader, for example, looks well cared for, having lived in the sodium-free South for all eleven years and 68k. At $11,999, this MSM might be worth something someday. And if not, a couple clicks and a few bucks will bring another hundred horsepower in a shiny brown truck.
Meanwhile, my own Miata sits rusting under a cover in the garage, waiting for this interminable winter to end.
After some consideration I do have two cars on my list; 1. As an affordable vehicle of it's time and great performance and driving pleasure the Datsun 510, 1600 comes to mind. It drove and handled as good as any Euro car of it's time (discounting exotics). I actually had the opportunity when I was 17 to sit in the navigators seat in a rally tuned Datsun 1600. What a blast on the dirt. 2. The first real muscle car that actually steered around curves. Yes they did exist. The Phase III, Ford Falcon GTHO. It was reputed to be better than Ferraris in it's time in history. HO stood for handling option. It would also have to be one of the cleanest and best looking muscle cars made as well. Here are some pix; The ever handsome GTHO, http://cms.traderclassifieds.com.au/Portals/0/ACP_MediaGallery/58925/9134.jpg Datsun 1600 Rally Car, http://datnut.dfrag.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/nlramsagoberon0319-700x466.jpg I would own anyone of them if I could. 3. If I could state would have to be the Datsun 240Z Fairlady. Now that also was a great vehicle. Great engine, with triple DCOE side draught Webbers and moderate engine work.
My problem with the Miata is that it's pretty one-dimensional; awesome on a narrow, twisty back road, but all but useless everywhere else. I know it's "not supposed to be a Mustang" but I still have a problem with something that slow in city/suburb/highway driving, it's just not fun for me. My S2000 is not a rocketship, but it's got enough power that if Joe SmallD tries to keep me from passing him on a back road I can usually do something about it, as long as he's not in a Corvette or V8 Pony Car. Try that in a Miata and you're going to be stuck behind him as long as he wants you to be.
I am very skeptical of this claim that a Miata is ideal for a demolition derby. If the Miata was available with a fixed roof, I'd surely own one. If I want wind noise, and weather protrusion, and messed-up hair, I have a motorcycle.
This gay loves his Miata. My husband and I own a 1993 LE edition so it might be worth something someday. Right now it's a blast to drive, it handles like it's on rails due to the BBS wheels and Bilstein shocks it has. The Nardi shifter is in storage due to the lack of them used and the red leather is worn, but it's a car that we both love to drive and friends love to ride in. And thank goodness for the trendsetters, whatever their demographic, if it wasn't for them changing up their cars so often, the thrifty enthusiast wouldn't get the deals we do.