The Mazda Miata is not a chick car.
You might not know this, but the Mazda Miata was the most successful bargain sports car of all time. Dependable, fun, easy, affordable for those lucky enough to pick one up at a dealership — the Miata married the then wildly popular Japanese engineering with European roadster design, taking cues from the Alfa Romeo Spider and the MG. Even though in hobbyist circles, you might hear the Miata referred to as a “chick car,” back in the 90’s, it was America’s “it car.” We had Miata Fever and we had it bad! It was kind of like the Furby of budget sports cars… at least, insofar as how badly people wanted one. (A 90’s Miata certainly didn’t terrify their owners’ parents by speaking nonsensical phrases at random intervals of the evening.)
Even though in 1990, when it was at its peak popularity, it was less than $14,000, people would pay thousands of dollars over retail for one… That’s the type of demand we’re talking about. The 90’s, famously, was a great time for Japanese sports cars though. The New York Daily News calls the 90’s “the Golden Age of Japanese Autos,” and the Japanese seem to agree. It’s a thought so widely held, there have even been articles in academic journals dedicated to the phenomenon. Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, and of course, Mazda, all produced a slew of wallet-friendly speed demons during this period. In the new car market, Japanese sports car domination may have ended—or paused, depending on your perspective—thankfully, most of these 90’s babies are still on the market.
Here’s one in Ephrata, PA we think you might love.
If you don’t want a 90’s Mazda, we have plenty of newer models too. They’re not much different, though they do differ slightly in design.