1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Started on March 23, 2012, 1:16 p.m.

The highest-mileage Miata on staff (by a hair) was bought with 173,000 on the odometer and some upgrades that put it into STS class in autocross. After a couple years of long-haul commuting, it had an engine rebuild at 250,000 miles and has slowly seen some much-needed repairs and upgrades as well.

It's still fairly ratty in appearance, but we racked up plenty of regional STS-class trophies in its life so far. Now, thanks to other upgrades and modifications, it's making a move to CSP but with a bias toward streetable fun rather than nationally competitive. The horsepower/torque numbers listed at right are dyno-proven numbers at the wheels.

1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata Specs

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Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:Japan
Purchase price:$2800
0-60 time:9.0 seconds
Displacement:1597cc
Stock horsepower:110 bhp
Torque:97 lb.-ft
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:5-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-wheel drive
Suspension:double wishbone (front)
double wishbone (rear)
Brakes:disc/disc
Bolt pattern:4x100
Body width:None in.
Curb weight:2194 lbs.
Wheelbase:89.2 in.
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1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata Specs

Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:Japan
Purchase price:$2800
0-60 time:9.0 seconds
Displacement:1597cc
Stock horsepower:110 bhp
Torque:97 lb.-ft
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:5-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-wheel drive
Suspension:double wishbone (front)
double wishbone (rear)
Brakes:disc/disc
Bolt pattern:4x100
Body width:None in.
Curb weight:2194 lbs.
Wheelbase:89.2 in.

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