Happy 30th, Mazda MX-5 Miata!

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
1998 Mazda Miata
To those who closely follow Miata history, this car is a bit of a unicorn. Mazda never produced a Miata for the 1998 model year — the first generation ran from 1990 to 1997, and the second generation started in 1999. This was in fact the only 1998 model — one car — built as a prelude to the second gen. The 1998 Miata was built on the first-generation platform but showcased the styling of the new version that would arrive the following year. Engineers used this car to try certain design elements, including finding a way to make the trunk larger. This car never ran and was shortly followed by the all-new 1999 Miata.

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