Well, I just bought a car. Sort of. It's a 2001 Special Edition Mazda Miata. I saw a green Miata with chrome wheels around here for sale, and as I do whenever I see a cool car for sale, I looked in. Inside I saw a glorious wood steering wheel and shift knob. I called the number on it, and was sold when the owner opened the hood and I saw the rare ABS box nestled against the firewall. It was a completely painless, too. Turns out the guy was looking for something a bit more practical but still fun...like a Mini! So today we agreed on reasonable terms (he paid me the difference between the KBB retail value of the Mini and the Miata, we each paid for mechanic's inspections of the other car that ended up coming out fine) and I will register my new roadster tomorrow. As soon as I clean it up better I'll post some pictures. As it stands it needs some NXT on the paint and a good day of soaking the seats in Lexol. I've already ordered my new wheels and tires
to replace the tacky chrome swept five-spokes on the car. Also, the stereo sucks as badly as one would expect from something with Bose written on it. That's my next project, I guess. After that, the 1.8 doesn't sound as rorty as the original 1.6 did, so it's car-back time. After that, I'll have to source a British Racing Green hard top. I liked the Mini while I had it, but now I feel like I'm back home and the interlude is already forgotten. Even though the new Miata doesn't have pop-up headlights and is a much more British looking/feeling car than my old black-and-red 1994 LE was. While not mine, here's the model:
The wood on the wheel, shift knob, and e-brake handle is real, though the dash has a plastic woodgrain overlay.
See what I mean about the wheels ruining the car?