Not a fan of Rota's as a wheel company, but those got dat "Watanabe Steez" which is a modern take on the JDM trad wheels. Black with polished rims on a navy miata? I think it would look really good.
In reply to what @Thrift Vader is saying.... I'm of two minds about this.
1) I love to tinker and it would definitely be a blast to take a car like this and build it up. Wheels, exhaust, struts/springs, sway bars, strut bars, bigger brakes, etc. Hell maybe even a turbo down the line.
2) There are cars like this available: http://lancaster.craigslist.org/cto/5735498170.html
I could have swung for something like that in my area like this silver one with the MIA seller (https://boston.craigslist.org/nwb/cto/5708849857.html). Dude was just flaky all around and it was like pulling teeth trying to set something up. Pretty much the opposite of what you want, right?
Point is, I paid 3800, up to like 4200 with taxes etc. The cost differential between my car and the models with the limited slip diff, better struts, billstein shocks, etc looks to be about 1k-1.5k given the same mileage and condition. I don't really car about the leather interior and shit, but if I was building the car up I'd want to do it within that price range over time. Spending 2-3k to get what I could do in a stock miata for half the cost seems like a fools errand. The paint on mine needs to be touched up a bit and I might get the colorite kit for that in the future just to give it a good once over.
If I did all that work, odds are that I probably wouldn't get what I put into it if I had to turn around and sell it. Chances are that I might not do that, but taking the car back to stock would be a pain. I can definitely see myself enjoying this car for a good long while. Pity I can only drive it 8 months of the year or so.
I'll just leave this here (@Thrift Vader ): https://southcoast.craigslist.org/pts/5700903035.html
Right? I'm freaking TORN. Like natalie imbruglie or whatever her name is.
I probably would have bought that car in a heartbeat if the seller was okay to accept between 4-4.5k. BLARGHHHH!!! And I was home in PA for the weekend. I could have stayed an extra day or two and figured it all out haha. Guy legit posted it 3-4 days too late. I did a few searches when I was home to see if there was anything worth checking out.
I was saying those because that's the only means of comparison I have between the two. Looking at auctions here, the factory torsen LSD runs for like 500-800 easy. I was thinking of going that route because it'll set things up very well and would be a pretty cost effective way of going about things.
Here's a package from flyin' miata for the suspension: https://www.flyinmiata.com/fm-nb-v-maxx-classic-stage-2-suspension-kit.html
It's like 769 bucks.
I just figured doing the suspension and factory LSD for this car would bring it to the limits of just about anything I would ever need and give me the experience working on the car and building it up. If I needed to change things out in the future, I would have a better basis for comparison, you know? All that stuff can be sold. At the prices you're getting though the next level up sounds pretty enticing! I still have a bit of the budget left. Maybe with your guidance and shipping (lol) there might be hope yet!