Classic 1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible, Excelent Condition
- Condition: Used
- Make: Mazda
- Model: MX-5 Miata
- Type: Convertible
- Trim: Option C
- Year: 1992
- Mileage: 98,020
- VIN: JM1NA3515N1313519
- Color: Black
- Engine size: 1.6 L 4-cylinder
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Tan
- Options: Leather Seats
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata
This striking 1992 Mazda Miata has never been wrecked, has been garaged nearly all of its life, and is in outstanding condition. The option C only came in Brilliant Black, 1.6L 16 Valve, 116 HP, 100 ft lbs torque, 5 speed, with viscous limited slip rear differential. Option C also includes a Nardi wood shift knob and wood brake handle, stainless steel sill plate, and tan leather interior with leather wrapped steering wheel. The car has ABS brakes, power steering, power brakes, cruise control, and ice cold air conditioning. Factory hardtop, factory bra and tonneau cover are included.
The previous owner was an aircraft mechanic and very meticulous about maintenance. When I bought the car from him he stated that he knew every bit of its prior history (two prior owners). At 60,000 miles he replaced the timing belt, water pump, drive belts, all hoses, spark plugs, distributor cap and plug wires, all with factory OEM parts. In 2009 he installed adjustable KYB AGX struts on front and rear and replaced the very weak horn with a air horn kit made for the Miata; he installed Flyin' Miata's super bright Bosch H4 headlamp conversion with nearly twice the light output of factory. He also replaced the four built in speakers in the headrests as well as the door speakers, The factory-original stereo sounds great.
In 2011 the engine developed a small oil leak. The aircraft mechanic couldn't tolerate a leaking engine! Initially he thought it was the distributor seal because this is common, but after replacing that, the small leak at the rear of the engine continued. He then concluded that it was the rear main seal. Since he had to pull the transmission to address that anyway, he replaced the clutch with Flyin' Miata's upgrade kit. This includes a new 1.8 sized lighter performance flywheel, their FM level 1 clutch plate and disk, new throw out bearing, pilot bearing, and clutch bypass switch. He also installed a new clutch hydraulic slave cylinder. And of course the rear main oil seal, front transmission seal, and shifter boot. Confoundingly, this still did not stop the small oil leak! Finally he determined that the head gasket was leaking at the rear of the engine. He replaced the head gasket, cam seals, and all related gaskets. This sealed the engine tight as new. He used only synthetic oil in it and stated that he had never seen the oil even get dirty… this is a very clean burning engine. In 2008 at 45,000 Mazda replaced the airbag, airbag module computer, and the combination switch assembly ($1100), because the airbag light came on.
This car gets 30 mpg when driven economically and about 25 when driven like it was intended. It's a blast to drive, with immaculate handling thanks to its light weight and balance (and upgraded struts). The interior is in very good shape but the driver's seat leather does have some small tears as seen in the photos. The soft top is original and in good condition with a single very small cut.
While I've owned the car all oil changes have been made as scheduled, and the front brake pads were replaced at 69,000 miles.
I’ve seen no rust-through of any body panel anywhere on the car.
I installed Hard Dog's Deuce roll bar ($450). Manufacturer's description: “The Deuce, Hard Dog's double hoop roll bar, has styling reminiscent of the AC Cobra and other vintage marques from the golden era of sports car racing. Secured with rearward bracing, the Deuce mounts to the unibody framework inside the rear wheel wells using our crash tested frontal and backup plate design. The mounting system combined with the highest quality heavy wall tubing and single bend hoops with multiple stress-critical attachments creates an unparalleled structural support for this type of roll bar.”
I also installed high strength, lightweight Ultra Racing wheels ($500) and 195/50 Toyo Extensa tires. The rears have several thousand miles left in them, and the front have more.
The previous owner paid $7300 for the car because it was rare and he knew its history, and invested over $2000 making it perfect (not counting what had to be a few thousand dollars worth of his own meticulous aircraft-mechanic labor time).
As you can see, no expense has been spared in making this rare Miata better than new while preserving stock appearance.
Thanks for your consideration, I assure you that you will not be disappointed with this exceptional Miata.
Odometer: 98,020 -- This is my daily driver, so the miles may be slightly higher than listed by the time it sells.
I also have the original factory OEM “Daisy” wheels available separately, $200 for the set of four, and pair of like-new premium synthetic sheepskin seat covers ($400 new) for $150.