Mazda MX-5 Miata
When you look at classic cars, many of the most desirable vintage cars offer an open-aired driving experience. Cars like the Porsche 550 Spyder and Shelby Cobra are roadsters that any enthusiast would love to have in their garage. Those two examples are so popular and rare that they have become some of the more common replicas.
In the 60’s roadsters like the MGB, Lotus Elan and Triumph TR6 showed the model that a roadster should follow (other than reliability). They weren’t the most powerful cars, but they let you have the wind in your hair in a fun to drive package.
In the early 90’s Mazda wanted to bring back the roadster in the spirit of these great British examples, but in a more reliable package.
The first Mazda MX-5 Miata was a lightweight vehicle that tipped the scales at just 2,100 lbs. The in-line four cylinder engine only put out 120 horsepower, but it didn’t have too much car to move. The NA is fun and good handling, even though it just isn’t quick.
The important thing about the Miata isn’t just the small Japanese roadster itself. It is the car that showed that there was still a market for the open-aired two seater sports car. The industry at the time that the MX-5 was first introduced though that the roadster was dead.
Because of the Miata we later got to enjoy other great open-aired sports cars. Cars like the Honda S2000, Porsche Boxster, BMW Z3 / Z4 and Toyota MR2 Spyder all exist in part because of Mazda’s sports car.
As an enthusiast, the road is a more fun place thanks to the Mazda that looks like it is smiling.