Mazda took a significant gamble in 1989 when it released the Miata, its take on the classic British roadster. The risk paid off, and after eight years of building the car’s first generation NA models, Mazda opted to kick off the second generation NB models with a limited production 10th Anniversary Edition Mazda Miata. A total of 7,500 examples were built worldwide, with 3,000 of these imported into the United States. All were finished in Sapphire Blue Mica paint, with a blue cloth top and an interior trimmed in medium blue, and all came equipped with nearly every factory option (except for the removable hard top). Anniversary Edition cars (10AEs, in Miata-speak) retained the standard five spoke Miata wheels, but these were brightly polished on the limited edition cars, which also came with a scale model, a special key fob and a Seiko wristwatch.
As with all first and second-generation Miatas, clean, unmodified, low-mileage examples are getting harder to find and ever more expensive, which is what makes this 1999 Mazda Miata 10th Anniversary Edition, for sale on Hemmings.com, particularly attractive. Not only is the car unaltered from stock form, but it shows a mere 41,000 miles on the odometer and is still owned by the original buyer. Maintenance records and service manuals are included with the car, too, as is the original die cast model and Seiko watch. From the seller’s description:
Rare one owner, low mileage, 1999 Mazda Miata 10th Anniversary Edition roadster. Vehicle is garage-kept, all original equipment, never modified, never driven in snow, always serviced at Mazda dealer using factory-original parts. Includes service records, 10th anniversary gift set (one Seiko/Mazda watch, die cast model in display case, and special key fob), owners manual, certificate of authenticity, 10th anniversary brochure, new car window sticker, service records, and Carfax report.
On April 11, vehicle was professionally detailed, including application of polymer sealant. In 2015, replaced the valve cover gaskets; serviced the air fuel induction system; replaced the clutch slave cylinder. In 2012 replaced the engine timing belt, and crankshaft and camshaft seals; replaced the water pump and radiator. In 2014, replaced the battery. At 30,000 miles replaced the original tires with Bridgestone Potenzas, 195/50R15 82V; tire tread currently measures above 6/32″. Factory-recommended 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 mile services performed, based on age rather than mileage.
1.8 liter, DOHC, 16-valve, in-line 4-cylinder engine
Sports suspension with Bilstein shocks
Rack-and-pinion power steering
6-speed manual overdrive transmission
Power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes
Torsen limited-slip differential
195/50R15 82V performance tires
Polished alloy 15″ wheels with wheel locks
Reflector headlights with flash-to-pass and fog lights
Blue soft top with detachable boot
Dual powered, body-color mirrors
Front strut tower brace
Front air dam, side sills, and rear mud guards
NLEV emissions equipment
Two-tone leather/suede sport bucket seats
Two-tone Nardi leather steering wheel and shift knob
10th Anniversary floor mats and stainless scuff plates
Carbon grained console panel
Bose audio system with tweeter speakers
AM/FM/CD stereo with clock
Power windows and door locks
Rear glass window with defogger
The 10th Anniversary Edition:
This series was produced by Mazda in 1999 to celebrate the introduction in 1989 of the Miata. A total of 7,500 vehicles were produced. Of those, 3,000 were imported to the U.S. My vehicle is the 3,887th vehicle manufactured, as displayed on the left front-fender badge.
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