Road & Track has taken on a Miata project. One hell of a project, if we're honest. You see, the Miata in question, a 1990 example in Mariner Blue, isn't a high-mileage Mazda that the publication intends to fix up, or make race-worthy, or try to flip or give away to a reader or something. No, it's a rather typical well-used NA, with a hefty 325,000 miles on the clock to-date that the staff plans on driving until the six-digit odo reads all zeros again. One million miles or bust (or both, most likely).

Procured for the bargain-basement price of $1,600, complete with seat covers that "really do look like muppet pelts" (according to Zach Bowman) and a bondo-filled love tap on the nose, the NA Miata actually looks like just the sort of fun-machine that a real driving enthusiast would pick up to get some cheap thrills in. The R&T team already has some interesting plans for the Miata, including a potential run up Pikes Peak and loaning it out to readers (or perhaps your author...). Click through to read all about it.


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      Jared
      • 11 Months Ago
      Awesome, good luck.
      Trent
      • 11 Months Ago
      This will be a good reminder that we do not need to buy a new car every few years.
        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Trent
        or that we do... depending on how it goes It's a 1.6L with the short nose crank.... The engine will likely need rebuilding/replacing soon due to that common failure, unless they're lucky
          Narom
          • 11 Months Ago
          @snap_understeer_ftw
          It already is a good reminder. 325k miles since 89.
          Dave
          • 11 Months Ago
          @snap_understeer_ftw
          The short nose crank was gone before '92.
        PTC DAWG
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Trent
        I never have..roll on
      • 11 Months Ago
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      Cruising
      • 11 Months Ago
      Million mile march, is that when all the Miata's go to Washington D.C. to put aside any differences come together and rid the world of any stereotypes and portray the goodness in their hearts uh ah I mean engines?
      BC
      • 11 Months Ago
      It certainly displays a spirit of optimism that R&T will still exist when that car hits the mileage mark.
      • 11 Months Ago
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        ThinkAboutIt
        • 11 Months Ago
        I kinda hope they don't. Small war wounds convince others that you're really serious. It's hard to keep a million-mile concours-class car. Or a million-mile car period. I wish them well with it.
      Jasonn
      • 11 Months Ago
      That is only driving coast to coast about 200 times...
      Basil Exposition
      • 11 Months Ago
      There are so many times I desperately envy auto journalists and the things they get to do. This is not one of them.
      Eggmania
      • 11 Months Ago
      lol the smiley face when the headlights are up. priceless. last gen mazda 3 is jealous
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 11 Months Ago
      Headlights go Up! Headlights go Down! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp1kuo6xkbE
      jebibudala
      • 11 Months Ago
      I hope they drive it until it's completely dead, even if rods start to knock and smokes like a missile.
      citroen_2cv
      • 11 Months Ago
      Not my favorite car, but yes, the pic is just too good! Good luck guys!.
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