The last piece of the puzzle! I bought a Miata specifically for winter driving while the precious NA gets some well deserved sleep during the winter.
The history behind the car
I’ve actually been aware of the car for multiple years, as it used to be owned by a guy in our local car club. They’d bought it in Germany, and brought it with them upon moving to Finland. The car has been a regular attendant in the club meets for a number of years now, and I am glad to carry the tradition!
It became pretty clear in the last summer that the old NA would be too precious to drag through salt and mud of the winters of Southern Finland, so I needed to acquire something. Originally I was thinking of getting something sensible this time, perhaps an Volvo S40 / C30, but when this one came for sale I struggled to reason against it. Let’s face it, driving the ND through a blizzard with the top open and tail happily swinging about, I definitely got bitten by a winter roadster bug! The NB comes with only 130k km on the clock, the larger engine block (Bare in mind the big blovk miata is only a 1.8!) and most importantly for winter driving, LSD (Limited Slip Differential).
For the first time ever, I own a car that has been modified more than just some minor interior upgrades. The NB has a sports exhaust system (Which is either anti social or pretty nice depending on your point of view), lowered suspension setup, and custom made leather seats. The taillights have been snatched from an facelift model, and it has been fitted with the california style wind blocker (with speakers, neat!), a chrome style bar (Or rat trap as they say in the business) and “US Style” amber corner lights. The speakers have been upgraded, and so is the head unit. I removed a lot of exterior chrome bits, not that I am generally against chrome, but the chromed parts on this one weren’t particularly nice, and added MX-5 ND’s 16″ Enkei wheels for the winter.
Model: MX-5 “Miata”
Engine: 1.8 liter Inline-four
Model Year: 1999