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Congrats! That car is one sexy beast. I love the color (of course, having just bought a green MINI myself :lol: ). Enjoy!
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That's a classic, Mark.

Looks to be in beautiful condition. 1970s?

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jkbarnes wrote:I traded in my ‘04 MX5 with 124k miles and the wear and tear to go with it for a ‘04 MX5 Special Edition with just 27k miles. This is the very Miata I have longed to have and would have searched out after retirement - British Racing Green with tan leather interior & wood trim; 6spd manual gearbox; low miles; clearly garage kept and babied because it’s in immaculate condition.

I stumbled across the listing quite by accident. It was local and the price was good. My wife said I’d be an idiot to pass it up, so I didn’t.

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Your wife was absolutely right, Andrew (aren't they always :wink: ).

Lovely classic, colour combination.

I trust you were able to chip the price for the bent front number plate, though. :D :D

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Markornot - Wow - that is marvellous 😎

A mate inherited a Sud last year, but it isn’t pristine. He has a number of cars (inc E36 M3 and an E30 M3) but he loves the little Sud.

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jkbarnes wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 12:23 am
I traded in my ‘04 MX5 with 124k miles and the wear and tear to go with it for a ‘04 MX5 Special Edition with just 27k miles. This is the very Miata I have longed to have and would have searched out after retirement - British Racing Green with tan leather interior & wood trim; 6spd manual gearbox; low miles; clearly garage kept and babied because it’s in immaculate condition.

I stumbled across the listing quite by accident. It was local and the price was good. My wife said I’d be an idiot to pass it up, so I didn’t.
Very nice Andrew, I do recall seeing a couple of these SE's before and love the colour/material combination (BRG/tan leather & hood/wood). It's making me a bit sentimental about my MX5 days. Maybe one day I'll get another!

If it was between a MX5 and something like a Lamborghini, I'd definitely have to go for the MX5 after seeing this

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jkbarnes wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 12:23 am
I traded in my ‘04 MX5 with 124k miles and the wear and tear to go with it for a ‘04 MX5 Special Edition with just 27k miles. This is the very Miata I have longed to have and would have searched out after retirement - British Racing Green with tan leather interior & wood trim; 6spd manual gearbox; low miles; clearly garage kept and babied because it’s in immaculate condition.

I stumbled across the listing quite by accident. It was local and the price was good. My wife said I’d be an idiot to pass it up, so I didn’t.


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That's a terrific car Andrew - congratulations :clap:
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Thanks everyone! I’m just thrilled with it. While I hadn’t planned on buying a car, all the stars seemed to line up with this one - model, color combo, miles, price. I couldn’t pass it up.

As for the number plate Guy, that’s from my previous MX5, so the vent plate is on me.
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jkbarnes wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 12:23 am
I traded in my ‘04 MX5 with 124k miles and the wear and tear to go with it for a ‘04 MX5 Special Edition with just 27k miles. This is the very Miata I have longed to have and would have searched out after retirement - British Racing Green with tan leather interior & wood trim; 6spd manual gearbox; low miles; clearly garage kept and babied because it’s in immaculate condition.

I stumbled across the listing quite by accident. It was local and the price was good. My wife said I’d be an idiot to pass it up, so I didn’t.
Really delighted for you Andrew !!
I know how much of an MX5 Miata fan you are and this new one looks mint and the one to have and to keep.
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MiniMpi wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 11:59 am
Really delighted for you Andrew !!
I know how much of an MX5 Miata fan you are and this new one looks mint and the one to have and to keep.
Mint indeed! When I bought my first MX5 I told my wife she’d have to bury me in it because o was never selling it. Sadly, it wasn’t up to the long haul. With 124k miles, it was in need of some love - the clutch was worn to bits, the top leaked, it had rust, the AC didn’t work, it had a bit of a funky smell to it, the speakers didn’t work.... but man, did I love it none the less. The upside of the wear and tear was that I never worried about anything happening to it.

I should be able to drive this new one until I’m in the grave!

A few observations after an hour and a half drive home on back country roads:
  • The 6 speed gear box will take some getting used. It feels like these gears are much more closely spaced
  • The wood steering wheel feels great, but I can tell it’s going to get hot!
  • My previous MX5 felt more lively. Maybe I drove it with a bit more abandon because it wasn’t mint?
  • I need leather driving gloves now.
Chuffed to bits (to quote another North American forum member) with this new car!
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jkbarnes wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 1:41 pm
Chuffed to bits (to quote another North American forum member) with this new car!
Actually, that is the correct term. It was "chuffing at the bits" iirc, which sounds quite unpleasant :lol:

Beautiful MX5 Andrew in absolutely spotless condition.
Brilliant find and quite rightly couldn't be passed up. Enjoy it!
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Congratulations that looks like a great find!
jkbarnes wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 1:41 pm
  • My previous MX5 felt more lively. Maybe I drove it with a bit more abandon because it wasn’t mint?
Probably just needs an Italian tune up... Ie a few enthusiastic uses of the rev range... When fully warm of course :D
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StrappedUp wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 2:08 pm
jkbarnes wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 1:41 pm
Chuffed to bits (to quote another North American forum member) with this new car!
Actually, that is the correct term. It was "chuffing at the bits" iirc, which sounds quite unpleasant :lol:
Haha! Glad to see my American mutilation of the phrase lives on!

And nice car, Andrew! I had a Miata very briefly about 15 years ago. I absolutely loved thrashing it about! I’ve driven cars with a lot more power, but seldom as smile inducingly fun.
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StrappedUp wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 2:08 pm
Actually, that is the correct term. It was "chuffing at the bits" iirc, which sounds quite unpleasant :lol:
You can probably get something quite effective for that from your local pharmacy.
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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 8:32 am
That's a classic, Mark.

Looks to be in beautiful condition. 1970s?

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Good eye, Guy...it’s a ‘71. It’s in unrestored original condition with the exception of some motor, exhaust and extensive suspension mods. It’s a kick to drive and there’s nothing quite like that Alfa twin cam song!
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