Some cars have low mileage, and others have close to no miles at all. This 1990 Mazda Miata, currently listed on eBay Motors and located in Kingman, Arizona, falls into the latter category with only 27 miles on the odometer, according to the seller. But we have to wonder: how did one of the best-driving, most influential sports cars of the past two decades sit without being driven for 24 years? Consider it the seller's loss on this one.

The seller says he bought the car with 20 miles on it, and explains 6.9 miles were added when the car was towed home on a car dolly. It was never registered. Furthermore, the seller says the car didn't come with a set of keys, so he had to have a set made. Though the paint is clean and shiny, the Miata didn't escape minor cosmetic damage over the years, with scratches on the hood, the trunk and the factory hardtop that is included with the car. The front, right fender has a small dent as well, which can be seen in a picture. The seller says the car was stored in a building with windows, so the paint is faded a bit in some places. It's missing its antenna and the battery, and the only non-original parts on the car are the windshield wipers. The clear-title car comes with all paperwork, according to the seller, but, besides the owners manual, he didn't specify what other documentation would be included.

With bidding currently at $10,300 and the reserve not met, this Miata definitely isn't the deal of the century, and we have to question where the value is in this one. The way we see it, it's hard to justify the money if it can't be driven as-is (come on, no battery?), has questionable history, isn't rare and sat in storage for its whole existence. The "weather cracked" tires are probably just the first rubber parts on the car that need to be replaced before it can be driven, but at least the spark plugs were removed and the cylinders were filled with Marvel Mystery Oil prior to storage, which helps to prevent rust and corrosion from forming in the engine.

Overall, the Mazda is an exceptionally clean car with a few issues that prospective buyers should be aware of. It's not for everyone, but for the right person, it could be the ultimate low-mileage Miata.


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      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's the point of low miles if it is not pristine?
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        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drakkon
        I'm having flashbacks to the guy on PawnStars that 'cleaned up' his Colt pistol with some steel wool and the value went from $40K down to $5K
      cgm9999
      • 1 Year Ago
      What new car doesn't come with keys? Did Jon Lovitz's Tommy Flanagan own this car? Something smells fishy with this one...
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cgm9999
        +10 points for the Jon Lovitz SNL reference! Maybe those 6.9 miles weren't on a dolly, but actually driven home by his wife... Morgan Fairchild... whom he's seen naked.
          cgm9999
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          I am pretty awesome, admittedly. The late 80s SNL episodes were the golden years.
      550PlusX5
      • 1 Year Ago
      With NA miatas costing around $2000 these, the extra $8000 you save by NOT buying this car could get you another NA ...with a 1.8 motor ...with lighter rims (those daisies are 14lbs) ...with better suspension ...with a new softtop AND an optional hardtop ...And still money left over to spend on a cheap new paint job.... FAIL
        onewayroll
        • 1 Year Ago
        @550PlusX5
        wow..didn't think you could get one some cheap.
          TooManyCars
          • 1 Year Ago
          @onewayroll
          Yes. You can. I bought one...It's my "fun, drive like you stole it, go ahead and hit me, I need the insurance money for mods, I don't care" car. It's even more fun throwing the catalog book at it from FlyinMiata.com
      Paulevalence
      • 1 Year Ago
      poor miata. it spent all of it's life sitting alone, not being driven :/
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Paulevalence
        It's life, perhaps, is only just about to begin.
      Bendir01c
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've been looking for an NA Miata R for cheap. I feel like trying autocross and there's nothing better for $3,000. But so few were made and they're such a popular choice, I'm afraid there aren't many left.
        Matthew Hopkins
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bendir01c
        If you have something that doesn't have a high center of gravity (truck, van, suv, etc) then just get out there and autocross it! I finally decided to give it a go after thinking about it for years then hearing some co-workers talk about an upcoming event at dinner. I really regret not trying it back when I had a great running FC RX-7, or with the B13 Sentra SE-R I had a number of years. Just get out there and drive, the only person you're there to impress is yourself so have fun with it.
      Andy Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is weird. And from the investment standpoint, why?
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      This guy has a post going in miata.net. Glad he is selling it, didn't really know how to take care of it. A lot of guys in the site are offering a lot more for it. And his purchase price...under $2k!
      Daryl
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah I dunno if I believe the milage, Check out a Miata I picked up with 25k miles last year.. Its a 1994 1.8 NA Miata and is in much better condition http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgccr/sets/72157634716473518/
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      Jeremy Pennini
      • 1 Year Ago
      No thanks.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fishy but a nice find!
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      oh how i loved them when they came out. just came back with my NB from a 2000 mile drive to montenegro and back...through the alps...oh what a joy it was!!!
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