Future Classic: Mazda Miata / MX-5
The “British Invasion” of sportscars into American culture dates back to the 1940’s. It has been said that G.I.’s returning from WWII desired nimble sports cars like the MG TC/TD that they witnessed in Europe. Fast-forward 70+ years, and many of the European sportscars from the 1930’s- the late 1970’s are now widely collectible. PHOTOS: See more of the Mazda MX-5 Brands like MG, Austin Healy, Jensen, Triumph, Mini, Lotus, TVR, Fiat, Ferrari, Porsche, and numerous other vintage sports cars are the predecessors to today’s sportscars. In the last twenty years, one nameplate has succeeded in the sports car market above all else; the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
Sure there have been others, but the basic concept of the MX-5 has endured. If we all lived in sunny climates year round, it would be one of the most ideal sports cars to putt around in. The 1990-1996 models are currently being looked at by many who make predictions of future classics and we couldn’t disagree that these models have all of the potential that the European sports cars had to become future collectibles. The first-gen Mazda Miata, as with their successors with time, will be the future classic that we all covet.
Sure Mazdas were produced in large quantities, but if you can find one in good condition it’d be akin to collecting a British Sports car today, only more reliable. Today’s contenders to the fun-to-drive-roadster crown would be the Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky, and more recently the Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ. But if you can find a pristine “NA” (first-generation) Miata, you may have a gem on your hands- just fight off the temptation to turbocharge it. (ed. or drop in a GM small block.) And the refinement and added luxury of a newer model (shown here) will absolutely become a highly coveted classic decades into the future.