Vehicle Description

1990 Mazda Miata Convertible

We wanted to combine the reliability and quality of a Japanese car with the excitement and emotion of an in�expensive, lightweight, rear-drive convertible," says Bob Hall, product planning manager at Mazda's Irvine, California, facility and one of the visionaries behind the creation of the Miata. "The idea just seemed in�credibly logical to us." Happily, Mazda remained true to that idea.

For consignment, a 1 owner low mileage (22,064 original miles) sports car that harkens back to the days of the Triumphs and MG's but without the spots on the garage floor and with electrics that actually work! Small car with powerful engine, CHECK! Right color with convertible top, CHECK! Sporty interior with stick shifter, CHECK! Optioned out with the "A" package, CHECK! Turn the key and drive away with a smile on your face, CHECK...IT OUT!

Exterior
Classic Red bathes the curved hidden headlight panels on this sports car. Small enough to be thrown around corners, and powerful enough to be able to handle it, she's in low mileage form and well cared for in rust free condition. Garaged all its life, our owner lovingly cared for her even retaining its original tires. Round and round she undulates as it forms the Miata which in German means "prize" or "reward". A black convertible top in excellent condition, with a clear rear plastic window, and aluminum alloy wheels, and it is definitely a prize to be had, right out of our halls and into your garage.

Interior
Opening the top reveals a nice black cloth high back dual bucket interior passenger compartment. Everything is within arm's reach in here, showing its original dash, leather wrapped steering wheel which turns power assisted steering, and an AM/FM/Cassette stereo with anti-theft coding. Black carpet covers the floors and of course is in excellent condition. Let's go for a quick ride on a curved back uninhabited road!

Drivetrain
Under the hood we see the original 1.6-liter 4-cylinder power plant with EFI. A 5-speed manual transmission is on back, and all is well preserved under here. Just a slight bit of corrosion on the cast aluminum parts, but all else is near perfect. A 4.30 rear axle helps get it on with a press of the accelerator. Zoom, zoom, zoom as Mazda says.

Undercarriage
Up on our lift we note some slight surface rust but certainly no invasive rust and all structurally sound unibody construction well sorted and sported out. Rear wheel drive with independent coil springs all over and power discs on all 4 corners. Nice floorpans and rockers and no real oil leaks to speak of so the garage floor will remain clean.

Drive-Ability
Slipping inside I had shades of doing the same in my TR-6. Although this car assured me it was going to start! While the car starts and idles fine when driving there is a distinctive miss and it needs a major tune up as the consigner also stated, and the A/C will need a redux and a change over to the new refrigerant. All else was working perfectly.

A reliable sports car, no drips, just fun and low mileage so it can be enjoyed for a long time by the new owner. Spend a little time and money on a good tune up, and maybe do the A/C, but you always have the convertible top to lower so it's not a must. A real nice example and definitely keeping in tune with its namesake as a "prize!"

VIN DECODE
JM1NA351XL0134315
J-Japan
M-Mazda
1-Passenger Car
NA-M1
35-Convertible
1-1.6L B6P
X-Check Digit
L-1990
0-Hiroshima Japan Assy Plant
134315-Sequential Unit Number

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1382088
  • Price:$17,900
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1990
  • Make:Mazda
  • Model:Miata
  • Exterior Color:Classic Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:20269
  • Stock Number:2200
  • VIN:JM1NA351XL0134315