Cars Then & Now

© Mazda North American Operations© Mazda North American Operations
1990 Mazda Miata
Original Base Price: $14,000
Twenty-eight years ago, Mazda stunned journalists at the Chicago Auto Show with the surprise introduction of an all-new lightweight roadster. The MX-5 Miata was an immediate hit. Codenamed NA, the Miata offered the fun of a European roadster with the reliability of a Japanese car. Features were quite basic — the only colors available were red, white or blue. The first Miata had a 116-horsepower 1.6-liter engine — an unimpressive number, but due to the car’s light weight and incredible balance it was still a blast to drive.

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