Not bad, eh?
It's a 1999, 78,000 km, five-speed, some sort of anniversary/luxury edition (it has air, cruise, leather and a Nardi steering wheel!)
Actually, we're still in the process of buying it from Doug Mepham, long-time friend, co-founder of Targa Newfoundland, and one of those people who was born with his hair combed - hence, the sort of person you would want to buy a used car from.
He was not the original owner - that person put a roll bar in it because his wife wouldn't ride in it otherwise.
Lady Leadfoot isn't quite that fussy, but more safety never hurt.
She has always wanted a convertible and when this one came up - well, you bite the bullet.
And has there ever been a convertible top easier and faster to work?
I have only driven it a little so far - the car is as tight as an 11-year old car could possibly be. It has been resprayed - said original owner lived on a gravel road which took its toll.
Yes, the front end does look lowered (or the rear end jacked up). Doug says various inspections by presumably knowledgeable types revealed nothing but stock parts under there, so who knows how that happened? (If someone out there DOES know, please inform!)
Just have to be careful driving into filling stations.
Among its many virtues, the Miata reminded so many people how much fun it can be to drive slow. Sure, it does make a great race car - nimble and quick (which is not to say 'fast'). But you can tool around, maybe take an on-ramp a bit quicker than you normally would, take the 'racing line' through a bend and never leave your lane, and feel like a pro racer.
And the wind in your hair on a warm summer's evening?