Crapwagon Outtake: The Greatest Car Ever

Chris Tonn
by Chris Tonn
crapwagon outtake the greatest car ever

Miata. The answer to everything.

Perfect commuter?

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.

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  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Apr 06, 2015

    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, Datsun 1600 Rally Car, 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.

    • Bumpy ii Bumpy ii on Apr 06, 2015

      Good pre-embargo choices. You could also try to hunt down a Fairlady Z432, with the DOHC six from the GT-R.

  • S2k Chris S2k Chris on Apr 06, 2015

    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.

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    • S2k Chris S2k Chris on Apr 06, 2015

      @JuniperBug "And what harm does being stuck behind a car that’s going faster than you cause? If he’s faster, he’s not in your way. If you’re going faster, the lack of power won’t keep you from passing him." You've never run across someone who wants to go 30 in a 35, UNLESS you try to pass him, and then he wants to go 50 in a 35? I see it all the time, rednecks and idiots who want to keep others from passing, and as soon as they do so, they slow back down to their original 5-under speed. Think opening scene of Christmas Vacation. In this case, a 116hp Miata has little opportunity to do anything but submit, but in a faster car, you can usually get around them. As for my D, well, I can tell you it gives 100% satisfaction to its #1 :D

  • Slow kills Slow kills on Apr 06, 2015

    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.

  • BTEFan BTEFan on Apr 06, 2015

    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.