Time Capsule: 1999 Mazda MX-5 with 1,300 miles for sale
Only 2103 kilometers in 23 years
1.8-liter four-cylinder with 140 hp
Under the hood of the MX-5, painted in Emerald Green Mica, is the 1.8-liter naturally aspirated engine with 140 hp and 162 Nm. As befits a sporty roadster with a curb weight of just over a ton, a crisp five-speed manual transmission takes over the power transmission.
Rear-wheel drive is a matter of honor with the MX-5. Despite the manageable performance on paper, the lightweight Mazda accelerates to 100 km/h in 8.4 seconds and has a top speed of over 200 km/h.
Back to the condition of the Mazda: The simple interior with the narrow fabric seats looks like new. You won’t find any damage here – which shouldn’t come as a surprise given the original mileage of 2103 km.
MX-5 still with the original tires
However, depending on the planned area of application, the new owner still has a few things to do. On the one hand, the soft top is no longer in 1a condition – it already shows clear dents and creases.
Is this MX-5 too good to drive?
Ultimately, as is so often the case with such “time capsules”, the question arises: what happens to this car? The MX-5 with this low mileage is actually too good to drive or in any case too expensive.
Two days before the end of the auction, the highest bid was the equivalent of 13,335 euros (14,000 US dollars). In Germany, the cheapest ready-to-drive MX-5 NB start at around 3000 euros. Self-maintained first-hand copies with a five-digit mileage are already available for around 7000 euros.
This threatens the dark green MX-5 with the sad fate of moving from one collection to another and the (new?) tires standing squarely there. Too bad actually!