It's Thursday, which means time for the Twister...no, wait a tapdancin' minute, it's a special bonus round of Mid Week Match-Up! This is the game where a willing
victim volunteer gets their automotive fate decided for them by angry hordes of bloodthirsty DT readers, er, nice sane people like you. This time we have a request for help from the Chief Perp of the 24 Hours of LeMons, everybody's favorite endurance racing series for $500 cars. That's right, the god-daddy of crapcan racing himself, THE Jay, has asked for our help to find a 1st-generation Mazda Miata. In his own words below, Jay is looking for...
|Jay (in an inmate orange shirt on right) at the inaugural 24 Hrs of LeMons race at Altamont in 2006.|
He's assisting an angel who is welding a training wheel to our Black Iron Racing E28 535i.
Sweet! First gen, preferably 1.6, pref not red, in sound, not-overly-f***ed-with condition.
Shouldn't be perfect--it'll live at the beach and get lots of use and I basically just don't give a rat's ass--but not typical hammered-Miata peeling and super dented.
Interior doesn't really matter, package doesn't really matter. Neat color like BRG or metallic blue preferred but not necessary....
Seems like Jay is hunting for a particular breed of quasibeater Miata. 1990 to 1993 model year. Scruffy, rough around the edges, PATINA - maybe. But stanced out by a pimply-faced burger jockey, or beat to crap on the track - nope. Knowing Jay's MO, it will need to be cheap as well, so no golf course concours-winning zero mile "example" either. I'm going out on a limb and assuming the closer to the San Francisco Bay Area, the better.
To kick it off, I'm going to suggest this British Racing Green '91 with 128k miles on craigslist in San Jose, CA for $2400. Of course the only photos shown were taken at night at a gas station - perfect! This was posted by someone who needs to sell their car quickly. The BRG has some maintenance needs but also a few upgrades and seems pretty decent overall...caveat emptor.
What can you find for Jay? Post links in the comments below!
CFlo is Daily Turismo's co-founder and Technical Editor. When he's not driving an "emissions spewing" TDI he's underneath a Volvo, on top of a Land Cruiser, cursing at a broken BMW, or driving the piss out of a crapcan race car. And that's all before 10AM.