I’ve been looking for some summer fun. The Mustang is a long way from being finished, and it’s beautiful weather out there. I was thinking something fun to drive to work, like a Vespa. I’ve always wanted a Vespa! But they cost $2k+ around here. So I was cruising the classifieds when I spotted a Miata – a really cheap Miata.

At $1800 that was cheaper than the Vespas I was looking at, and it’s Black – I’ve always wanted a Black Miata. So we headed out to look at it in Oregon City. It has almost 200k miles on it, but looks well cared for, doesn’t have a branded title, and ran like a top when we took it for a drive through the countryside nearby. It’s black, but Miata’s weren’t offered in black that year. It was originally silver, but they painted the door jambs and everything, so you can only tell by the silver in the engine bay, which actually looks nice. I handed over the cash and drove it home without a hitch.

Then Dave and I spent a couple hours cleaning the garage and moving the Mustang over to make room for it. We put the Mustang on wheel dollies (roller skates for your car), so we could shove it over to one side. It’s tight, but it will do for now.

When I have to work on the mustang, the Miata will have to move outside so we can push the Mustang back over. There’s barely room to squeeze over to the bench right now.

So that is how I brought home my fourth Miata! It is a plain-jane, bare-bones little base model car. Manual steering, manual brakes. Fun to drive. I have always wanted a ‘Black and Red’ Miata – the 1993 LE which was on the lot when I bought my first Miata, but too expensive to buy at the time. So I plan to do this Miata up with red interior accents. Tinkering with Miatas is easy and cheap, and lots of fun. I’m so happy to have another one to play with.


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