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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