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

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author photo by Doug DeMuro October 2016

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.

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.

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This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
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