Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Redmond, WA
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I didn't realize how much I would miss the Miata when I sold it. When I bought it, I was under a bit of a pressure to get a car as quickly as possible and I had already spent quite some time looking for a first gen MR2 with no luck. The MR2 was the car I wanted after college but good ones then, in 2012, were more rare then hen's teeth and are even more rare now. My wife actually suggested looking for a Miata and I bought the best fully stock example I could find that came with a hardtop, a '95 with 138k miles. Though I have a targa top on another car, this was my first full convertible and it was a revelation. After a day of work, to put the top down and drive home made everything, including my seasonal affective disorder, so much better.
In 2017, nearing 190k miles, the Miata was looking to need a full engine out to redo the maintenance and to change every seal that were now all leaking. And the softtop was nearing end of life. And the missus doesn't speak clutch, refuses to drive my other car, and so when her SUV gets borrowed by me or our kids, she's stranded.
Around that time and thanks to the wonderful members of SCOA here, I was made aware of some fantastic deals on leftover, never titled 2015 EDs. I sold the Miata for what I paid for it, which was almost enough to fully pay for our brand new smart. The missus had a car she could drive, I got a quirky little go-cart to romp around in, and all was good.
Except the smart wasn't quite the sublime driver that the Miata was, and wasn't a convertible. I thought in time the feelings would pass but they've gotten more insistent instead. I've looked at 914s, MR2s, MGBs, X1/9s, 924s, and TR6s, all cars from my early adulthood. I've even looked at a 2CV! Ahh, one of these days I'll get back into something vintage. But until then, it is awesome to see people like you who appreciate those cars and keep them in such beautiful condition.
Enjoy your Spitfire!!