Mazda was supposed to have a North American luxury brand known as “Amati” launched in 1993 in order to compete with Lexus, Acura, and Infiniti. Though the Amati name is best known for an artisan family that crafted some of the greatest and most prestigious violins in history, it also happens to be an anagram for Miata…
Found this in a forum post dated 2005. No idea if real, but doesn’t look shopped to me.
My dad bought this 85 RX7 and decided he didn’t like it, didn’t even take it home with him. It’s been at my house ever since we picked it up. So I threw it on the road and have been fixing it up. First step, out with these:
Did a lot more cutting yesterday on the roof and the shell. Trimmed the roof length about 7-1/4 inches. I think I need to take another inch and a quarter out still.
The BMW shall depart.
So I picked up another Miata shell to practice on, before I work on the $500 Miata. This one had already been parted out. It’s clean enough that I am still tempted to work with it long term. I’ll see as I go I guess.
It’s Legit now! Had a small hiccup Thursday registering my 1990 Euro spec 323 diesel Thursday. They didn’t have a weight in the system to match my VIN. So I had to either weigh it at a certified scale, or bring in a picture of the mass plate on the firewall. Put it on the road and it’s been a joy to drive since.
Lotus Elan, Alfa Spider or Triumph TR6: whatever flavor of roadster you want, Miata is always the answer. And the ND with the smaller engine plays the game of oldschool spider almost to perfection. Almost.
Because its been parked for a week....
After yesterday’s Design Detail concerning convertible tops, I was inspired to feature a Used Car Face-Off between three of the purest Japanese roadsters sold in the United States since 2000. With two FR drop tops and one MR, it’s up to you to decide which is worth dropping over $10K on. Here are the options:
First of all, the highlights:
is sexy. That’s all.
Small spoiler alert for Xmen Apocalypse
My mom is 68 years old and has pretty much killed her 2009 Subaru Impreza. She was visiting a few weeks ago and we spent a few hours looking at cars on the internet. She really liked the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda 6. So she found this 2015 CX-5 top trim model, AWD, leather, navigation, moon roof etc.. $23,500 out the door…
The term “rice” is an interesting phenomenon. Originating as the phrase “rice burner” it referred to, with hardly-subtle racial undertones, Japanese motorcycles that were modified garishly in an attempt to convey the idea of higher performance than the cycle was actually capable of. Eventually it changed to refer to…