Here’s a 16-year-old Mazda Miata with just over 1,000 miles — a pristine example of the second-generation “NB” Mazda Miata, perfectly preserved as if it was a high-dollar supercar. And now it’s listed for sale on Autotrader by Genuine Motorcars in Saint Petersburg, Florida, after a life of virtually no driving.
A brief overview: The “NB” Mazda Miata was the second generation of the famous two-seater, rear-wheel drive roadster, and it was sold from 1999 to 2005. This particular example is finished in Midnight Blue Mica with a tan leather interior, and it’s equipped with an automatic transmission. That may be a drawback for many enthusiasts — but at this point, I’m not convinced that driving this Miata would be the best decision anyway.
That is, of course, because it’s likely the best-preserved “NB” in the world. According to the Carfax report, it was purchased new in the suburbs of Dallas in December 2001, and the owner never, at any point, put on many miles at once: When it came time for its first state inspection in 2003, this Miata had only 377 miles, 642 miles for the state inspection in 2004 and 796 in 2005. After that, the Miata really stayed put, sometimes adding only 10 miles a year — just enough to drive to and from the state inspection shop, most likely.
Now it’s in pristine condition, and it truly looks like it just came off the showroom floor — and it’s offered for $15,994. That is, of course, big money for an “NB” Miata — but this might just be the nicest NB in the world.