A brand-new NA Miata hardtop for less than $800?

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Update by Tom Suddard to the Mazda Miata project car
Oct 17, 2023 | Mazda, Hard Top, Endurance Race Miata, Treasure Coast Miata, Maita

Forget $7 Apple stock, ignore Tesla, and skip big pharma: The best investment on the planet is probably OEM Miata hardtops, which have skyrocketed in price to be worth as much as $3000 in decent condition.

And though this project has been far from the cheapest Miata we’ve ever built, we just couldn’t stomach bolting that much cash on top of …

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Rodan
Rodan SuperDork
11/16/22 8:29 a.m.

 

For about $1000, we’d solved our “there’s a giant hole in the car” problem. 

Don't forget to add ~$350 shipping if you're not in south FL.  TC will combine several hard tops in one box if you can find a couple friends to club up with to reduce shipping.

It's a great top for a track car, but after having both OEM style and the TC lightweight, I wouldn't use a TC top on the street.

Here's the box it ships in:

AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter)
AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
11/16/22 9:18 a.m.

Do remember that some sanctioning bodies, I think mostly RallyX, require an OEM hardtop. 

 

Personally I think once my car gets a cage I am going to oversize it for more room and safety, so I'll have to build my own roof if I want covering. 

 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
11/16/22 9:30 a.m.

In reply to AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter) :

Solid advice. It's definitely checking check with your sanctioning body before doing anything drastic.

FooBag (Forum Supporter)
FooBag (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/16/22 11:20 a.m.
AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter) said:

Do remember that some sanctioning bodies, I think mostly RallyX, require an OEM hardtop. 

 

Personally I think once my car gets a cage I am going to oversize it for more room and safety, so I'll have to build my own roof if I want covering. 

 

Non-OEM hard tops are now allowed in SCCA rallycross in the Modified classes with a roll bar.

AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter)
AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
11/16/22 1:28 p.m.
FooBag (Forum Supporter) said:
AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter) said:

Do remember that some sanctioning bodies, I think mostly RallyX, require an OEM hardtop. 

 

Personally I think once my car gets a cage I am going to oversize it for more room and safety, so I'll have to build my own roof if I want covering. 

 

Non-OEM hard tops are now allowed in SCCA rallycross in the Modified classes with a roll bar.

Thanks for that info! Glad to hear it too since they are getting so expensive. 

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
11/16/22 1:54 p.m.

Are new OEM hardtops available again?

Kitsbeach (Forum Supporter)
Kitsbeach (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand New Reader
11/18/22 8:04 p.m.

How does it attach and is it removable quickly.?

Rodan
Rodan SuperDork
11/18/22 9:10 p.m.
Kitsbeach (Forum Supporter) said:

How does it attach and is it removable quickly.?

It all depends on how you attach it.  On mine, it's 6 bolts.  I used the standard style brackets on the front, and made my own mounts off the roll bar in the rear.  On/Off in 3 minutes.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
11/18/22 10:22 p.m.

In reply to Kitsbeach (Forum Supporter) :

It bolts onto the factory latch mounts, so maybe 10 minutes to remove. 

te72
te72 HalfDork
11/19/22 6:08 p.m.
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) said:

Are new OEM hardtops available again?

That would definitely be on my list if it is the case. I sold the hardtop from the 02SE that we turned into an Exocet, to the guy who bought the shell. Seemed a color matched top should go with the car it belonged to, after all. That and the Titanium paint would have looked funky on my silver 99.

 

That said, my car's softtop is developing holes, and I always did like the hardtop on her car...

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