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Autotrader Find: 1991 Mazda Miata With 6,600 Miles

If you’re interested in a perfect, first-generation “NA” Mazda Miata, you’ll know that finding one isn’t especially easy — largely because basically every NA Miata was purchased to drive, and most owners did exactly that, with few storing the car away for preservation. This one, however, is an exception.

This is a 1991 Mazda Miata from the car’s second model year, boasting a green exterior, a tan interior and just 6,600 miles on the odometer. It’s offered for sale by GR Auto Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and it’s likely the nicest early Miata currently listed for sale on Autotrader.

Of course, the big question is: Who exactly buys a Miata and keeps it tucked away for so long? The Carfax report provides surprisingly few answers, noting only that the car was sold in September 1991 in Illinois before moving or being sold to a new owner in Michigan in 1993, where it has apparently remained ever since. The Carfax report doesn’t note records since the 1993 move, which is no surprise given its tremendously low mileage.

GR Auto Gallery is offering the Miata for $22,900, and notes that its green paint over a tan leather interior makes it a rare, special-edition model, of which only 4,000 were built, solely for the 1991 model year. The big question for potential buyers is: What now? Do you buy it and drive it like a new car? Or do you store it away, keeping miles ridiculously low, hoping someday a rare, perfect Miata will be worth many multiples of its current price?

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