One of the most successful stories in the car industry is about the Mazda Miata roadster. In fact, this little car changed the world, becoming the bestselling open-top model in automotive history. It even passed the one-million mark in 2013. Nobody expected the Miata would become so successful and influential when Mazda announced it in the late ‘80s.
But soon after the introduction, the industry realized that roadsters were coming back, so the Miata completely dominating the market. The Miata’s secret was its simplicity, light weight and balance. But Mazda didn’t try to invent something new. They just used the basic concept of a classic British roadster and added modern materials and designs that made the whole thing dependable and agile.
With 116 HP coming from the twin-cam 1.6-liter engine, it may not sound impressive, but in a 2,200-pound car, it’s more than enough. And if you are looking for the most affordable examples, the first-generation Miata can provide many memorable moments for just a few thousand dollars. Best of all, there are many aftermarket options to transform your little Miata into a sports car killing machine, too.