Remembering Japanese cars from the past

Tag: Mazda Roadster

DOTS: Miata hunting! (part 2)

This week more I continue with some more Miata hunting!

First of all this MX5 caused a lot of pain:
Mazda MX5 mk2
Mazda MX5 mk2

It came around the corner quite quickly when I was on my bike. I immediately grabbed my camera, pointed it to the car and turned around to take a picture. I was just in time to take the picture. Doing this maneuver strained my back because I was still sitting on my bike. 😉

This red Miata was parked in a multi-story car park:
Mazda Miata (or 323?)
Mazda Miata (or 323?)

Never seen it there before but immediately took a picture of it. 🙂
When I looked it up at the license plate register it turned out to be registered as a Mazda 323 1.6 instead of the Mazda MX5 I would have expected it to be registered on. The car was imported to the Netherlands in 2001, so that could not have been the reason to register it as a 323. And even tax evasion (import taxes are based upon luxury options as AC and PS) could not have been the case… Maybe the worker at the register could not come up with the MX5 designation and registered it as a 323?

Last one for this week:
Mazda MX5
Mazda MX5

This originally Dutch first generation MX5 was registered on the very last day of 1992. It is currently owned by the same owner for almost 11 years now! Now that is certainly a faithful owner! 🙂

DOTS: Miata hunting!

Ever since I started doing the Down on the Street series I thought it was amazing how many Mazda MX5s (aka Miata in the US and Roadster in Japan) I saw on the streets. Since I thought it was quite odd I started taking (quick) pictures of every single one of them I encountered.

For instance I saw this one parked next to a private apartment/housing block. I could not go in there without lifting a chain at the entrance and trespassing the private parking lot, so I took the picture from the street.
Mazda MX5 parked next to an apartment block
Mazda MX5 parked next to an apartment block

It is also funny to see how many Miatas are imported from the US! I think about 50% of all cars I’ve seen so far were actually imported Mazda Miatas! This red Miata is no exception to that:
I pass this Red Mazda Miata every day
Red Mazda Miata

I actually pass this red Miata every day (going to work) and still I have only two pictures of it taken with the crappy camera. Shame on me!

This is another Miata I pass every day:
I pass this White Mazda Miata every day as well
White Mazda Miata

But then on my way to the nursery of my son. This one has got a big dent in it and has been parked there for ages now without moving… Currently the dent is starting to rust and the car itself is starting to look brown due to the amount of leafs on the car… Feels a bit like a deja vu!

Next time more Miatas! 😉

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