The desert killed my dreams of owning a new Miata. To be specific, it choked it out in a freak sandstorm before leaving it to freeze to death.

But I am not a smart man and I still want that open-topped motoring experience in something that’s considerably safer than a motorbike, which is why I’m looking at a NB.

My question is: Is the NB worth buying or should I suck it up and buy the uglier NC? I want something cheap enough where I won’t cry when the sand whips at it.