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Hagerty Employee

These 5 Miatas were answers to questions nobody asked

Who doesn't love the Mazda MX-5 Miata? For more than 30 years it's been the little car that could. Lightweight, rear-drive, 50:50 weight distribution, and a top that drops in seconds-it's affordable fun across all four generations. Want to learn to drive stick? Miata is the answer.
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hyperv6
Racer

I really like the Tipo. Classic styling but Miata reliability and parts.

The real question here what is the order phone number.

4RenT
Advanced Driver

I like the Tipo and the Exocet.
rsayre
Pit Crew

Tinkerah
Engineer

UK 01438 893007. I still love the easy ones!
Punk
Advanced Driver

I guess am the exception. I have never been a big Miata fan. To me it was rather modern and soulless compared to the Lotus it copied. Sure it was more reliable, so made a much better daily driver, but I don't have sports cars as daily drivers any more and if I did I would probably prefer an MGB. Anyways, with that said, the rather bland looks of the Miata (especially the early series - the newer ones are better looking) corrected by Simpson in giving it the baby Ferrari looks, I quite like them. I think his Aston knockoff misses the mark since its small size doesn't look quite right to me. The blue Italia, however, is very handsome. As for the others, they are mostly just weird. Who would want to be seen in them?
Timbo
Detailer

Do you recall the BRG/Biscuit interior Miata? A direct slap at the great British cars it replaced. Give me another TR6 like my Damson Burgundy/Peanut Brittle colors.
Inline8OD
Technician

It's hardly Miata's fault Old Blighty dropped the ball, no more than Datsun's 240Z for filling the void left by the Austin-Healey 3000.   Hardly "direct slaps."


  Giving people what they want and clearly like.  Unless the subtext is race, a social science construct no biologist believes in.

ThePorscheMan
Detailer

Had a TR-6 (loved it, Black on tan and Ansa exhaust), drove hundreds of other BL sports cars (worked at a BL store) and always loved the Elan.
When the MX5 was introduced I ordered one as soon as I saw it at the auto show 'cause I loved it. Mariner blue, B package and hardtop. Was a fantastic car.
The BRG version was an awesome homage to the Brit's and looked fantastic.
Too bad you're missin' the forest for the trees.
GW
New Driver

I currently own a M1Stang built by Bill Carnes St. Augustine Fl. On a'93 Miata, it's alot of fun to drive.
Get alot of comments.

Realmongo
Intermediate Driver

But you forgot the FIAT 124.
Realmongo
Intermediate Driver

Oh, and the Banshee too.
miataguy
New Driver

You forgot the Mtsuoka Motors Rock Star
BB510
Pit Crew

I had several 60's and 70's sports cars in the 80's and 90's prior to picking up a NA Miata in 1999. I have not looked back since. I had a (in year order) 62 Sunbeam Alpine, 67 MGB-GT, 67 Porsche 912, 70 Porsche 911, 72 Fiat 124 Spider. The Miata is simply fantastic. The NA is a perfect moment in time where fuel injection was perfected and computers had not yet taken over. It is dead reliable and a blast to drive and pleasure to own. The other sportscars mentioned were on occasion two of those three.
Maestro1
Technician

Loved the first one. The spaceship is wonderful,and I want a Tipo. Not that I would know what to do with it nor park it somewhere. I'm negotiating for more space with serious heat
and air in the space and very LOCKABLE which Hagerty will love and then I'm switching Insurance Companies. My space locks now, but this is the Left Coast, so there's some openess that few Insurance carriers are amused about.
MustangJim
Technician

Very cool, thanks for bringing us this. I was not aware of these kits, but of courses I have not looked into it. The spaceship is way over the top but kind of cool as a show car, I don't like the MEV Exocet, but that is purely subjective as it looks like a lot of fun. The others I think look great. I've seen a first gen Miata at our local cars and coffee with a Ford 302 in it. The owner was never around when I was , hopefully some day I'll see the guy and be able ask questions.
RussellS
New Driver

Simpson Design is in Clinton WA and not Houston TX!
That being said, having owning an Austin Healy, 3 Sunbeam Alpines, 3 Sunbeam Tigers, and 4 Lotus Elans, but my 2 NA Miatas were my favorites. SD does an excellent job if you like the look.
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

I've seen a kit that makes a Miata look like a '60s Lotus Elan if I remember correctly. It looks nice.

ThePorscheMan
Detailer

It's already virtually identical to the Elan. How do they change it?
eighthtry
Advanced Driver

I barely stayed awake.
Roundhouse
Intermediate Driver

No mention of the kit that makes it look like a miniature 66 mustang ?
RG440
Instructor

That Mustang replica Miata did a great job creating a Mini-Mustang and to sport a 5.0 to boot !
RG440
Instructor

Musk should buy Chris’s “Spaceship” and launch it to create a space race with Starman !
CAsch
New Driver

No Bauer Catfish?
ColinRedGriff
New Driver

You also missed the ANC Replicar which pays homage to the Aston Martin DBR1 of the the1950s. www.ancsportscars.co.uk
Microbob_1984
Intermediate Driver

I like the Simpson Design and Exocet the most, followed by the Tipo 184, with the others trailing far behind. The Chrome Spaceship leaves me cold, too steampunk looking, and probably heavy to boot. The Blackwell SPR1 turns a convertible into a coupe, that's the wrong direction IMHO. I've owned three (3) Miatas. The first is a 1993 black and tan that is awaiting conversion into a kit after it was rear-ended by a Dodge Durango and totaled. Next was a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata that I sold after accident damage that was poorly repaired began rusting out. My current ride is a 2013 Grand Touring PRHT, with 80k miles on it, bought new in June, 2013, I'm the original owner. The kit choices for the donor 1993 are between a Lotus 7 replica or an MGTG Sports MG TF Replica.
jekirkbride
Intermediate Driver

I like the Tipo and some of the Simpson design cars.
The others not so much.
A lot of money when you could get the same exclusivity for a true classis.
Lash
Intermediate Driver

Way to ruin a perfectly good car.
Isaiah1000
Intermediate Driver

Dang, I like that DB4 Zagato design; that worries me... soon I'll be driving a Fiero underpinned Lambo
lavapirate
Intermediate Driver

some creative customs there. Never heard of the mazda being the next fiero - custom donor car. I like the Tipo and simpson kits the best for their retro classic looks
brb
Instructor

I really like the looks of the Italia, both convertible and hardtop. Very pretty.