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This 1990 Mazda Miata With 21 Original Miles Was Just Sold at Auction

Ask anyone who’s ever searched for a well-kept early Miata to turn into a track car: They’re getting expensive. But what’s the ceiling on early Miata prices? We now have an idea, as a 1990 Miata with just 21 original miles recently sold at auction for just $22,250. See the 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata models for sale near you

That’s right: This blue 1990 Miata hails from the sports car’s first year of production and was purchased new in Omaha, Nebraska — then stored, untouched, for 25 years. Amazingly, it still has the original factory window sticker affixed to the passenger window and the original 30-day temporary license plate on the windshield (expiration date: January 3, 1990). It even bears the original license plate placards from the selling dealer: Cousino’s Mazda in Bellevue, Nebraska, now long out of business.

As for the Miata’s condition, it is — unsurprisingly — immaculate. The car is a true time warp, with every single panel, interior item and trim piece in perfect shape, exactly as the car left the factory. And yes, it has a manual transmission. Of course, you have to wonder how the engine has survived 25 years of limited use — or perhaps no use at all, if the car was never started during its hibernation.

Unfortunately, this Miata is already sold: It was recently offered by Auction Solutions, Inc., in an estate sale where it found a buyer at $22,250. Meanwhile, here on Autotrader, there are 61 different 1990-1992 Miata models currently listed for sale — and the lowest-mileage example, with just 36,000 original miles, is available in Irvine, California, for $9,750. Find a 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. If I could only get my hands on an 83 or 84 GTI, with only a few thousand miles on it…

    My first car I purchased was an 1983 VW , $7990 list price.
  2. Why would you purchase a brand new car to let it sit there?  I put 150 miles on my brand new car in first several hours of ownership and average around 20 something miles a day.  Maybe I could see a collector car or something that’s so rare, but then I’d never buy one of those anyway.  But a Miata?  lol  And they really didn’t make any money by reselling it 26 years later.  With inflation and all they actually lost money.  And I can’t imagine the engine is in great shape unless they took care of the fluids.

  3. I suppose it would be possible to store a car, and start it every few months to let it warm up and lube, while still not driving it.    Assume this would be better than just letting it sit?   Assume you would want synthetic oil in it.    

    • You’d probably want to do regular (or, fairly regular) maintenance, even if this was your plan. Still, probably not too good.

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