1992 Mazda Miata - Sunburst Yellow

Started on Sept. 21, 2012, 6 p.m.

This Sunburst Yellow Miata--one of 1519 built--was advertised for $700 on our message board. When we went to pick it up, the seller didn't have a title. So we got it for $500. Sure, it's a rare color, but this example was too far gone to be worth restoring. We're going crapcan racing!

1992 Mazda Miata - Sunburst Yellow Specs

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Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:Japan
Original price: $16420
Purchase price:$500
0-60 time:8.9 seconds
Displacement:1600cc
Stock horsepower:116 bhp @ 6500 rpm
Torque:100 lb.-ft @ 5500 rpm
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:5-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-wheel drive
Suspension:double A-arm (front)
double A-arm (rear)
Brakes:disc/disc
Body width:None in.
Curb weight:2050 lbs.
Wheelbase:89.4 in.
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1992 Mazda Miata - Sunburst Yellow Specs

Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:Japan
Original price: $16420
Purchase price:$500
0-60 time:8.9 seconds
Displacement:1600cc
Stock horsepower:116 bhp @ 6500 rpm
Torque:100 lb.-ft @ 5500 rpm
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:5-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-wheel drive
Suspension:double A-arm (front)
double A-arm (rear)
Brakes:disc/disc
Body width:None in.
Curb weight:2050 lbs.
Wheelbase:89.4 in.
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