Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela GRM+ Memberand Digital Editor
9/9/19 8:24 a.m.
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Mazda, showing their commitment to making Spec MX-5 the best it can be, just released a buyer's guide of sorts of what you should look out for when searching for your NC Miata to use in competition. 

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Brett_Murphy
Brett_Murphy GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
9/9/19 8:55 a.m.

There go my hopes of finding an inexpensive NC Miata.

spandak
spandak Reader
9/9/19 9:10 a.m.
Brett_Murphy said:

There go my hopes of finding an inexpensive NC Miata.

Same. Hopefully everyone buys up the later ones I can’t afford.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/9/19 9:13 a.m.

You know this will only affect a hundred or so cars. That's a pretty small percentage of NC production. Spec Miata sure didn't make a dent in the availability of crappy NAs and NBs.

Really, the best source for a Spec NC is a retired MX-5 Cup car.

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela GRM+ Memberand Digital Editor
9/9/19 9:14 a.m.

In reply to Brett_Murphy :

Good point! But did Spec E30 drive up E30 prices, or were they always destined to anyway? Chicken or the egg?

aw614
aw614 Reader
9/9/19 9:41 a.m.
Jordan Rimpela said:

In reply to Brett_Murphy :

Good point! But did Spec E30 drive up E30 prices, or were they always destined to anyway? Chicken or the egg?

I think it is a larger trend of older popular BMWs being driven up in cost regardless of spec e30. 

 

For all the hate the NC miata seems to get, I am weirdly attracted to them and wanting to buy one. I like them in terms of looks over the NB, and they are fairly modern. 

Brett_Murphy
Brett_Murphy GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
9/9/19 10:33 a.m.
Jordan Rimpela said:

In reply to Brett_Murphy :

Good point! But did Spec E30 drive up E30 prices, or were they always destined to anyway? Chicken or the egg?

In this area, there seemed to be quite a few Spec E30 and Spec Miata racers. It might have something to do with VIR, Atlanta,  Charlotte and other tracks in close proximity. It wasn't impossible to get a good deal, but competition for the real bargains and rust-free cars with engine problems has always been fierce. 

The NC has long been the unloved platform. Heck, it wasn't even called a Miata by Mazda. I may be blaming racers more than I should, but having a spec series for the NC isn't going to help demand.

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