One-Of-63 Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe Type S Is NB Heaven

Words like “rare” and “Mazda MX-5 Miata” don’t usually belong in the same sentence as everyone knows the Japanese sports car is the world’s best-selling roadster.

Over the years, however, there have been some rare Miatas, especially in Japan where customers have a big appetite for special edition models. This red 2004 MX-5 Miata Roadster Coupe listed on Pistonheads is one of only 179 of its kind made for the Japanese market — where the MX-5 Miata is called simply Roadster.

Benefiting from input from Mazda’s Engineering and Technology team, the MX-5 Roadster Coupe handles even better than the soft-top model as the metal roof improves chassis rigidity and aerodynamic performance. There’s only a minor downside to the fixed top and that’s the fact that it adds 10 kg (22 lbs) to the car’s weight.

Mazda offered the Roadster Coupe in four trim levels for the NB generation: one featuring a 1.6-liter engine and three with the 1.8-liter engine. This particular car is one of 63 Type S models, which indicates it’s powered by a 158hp 1.8-liter engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The seller says the car has been subjected to a total restoration including new paint and “numerous new parts inside out to make it as close to a brand new car as possible.” It comes complete with full service history and documented restoration work. It looks spot on and it covered just under 48,000 km (30,000 miles) from new. If you’re interested, the car is located in Hong Kong but can be shipped worldwide.

Needless to say, this is an incredibly rare and highly valued Mazda MX-5 NB among enthusiasts so chances are it will shoot up in value in the coming years. Right now, it’s listed for HK$298,000 (about $38,000).


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  • Thunderbolt

    Minor downside is 22 lbs added on weight, seriously?

  • Bo Hanan

    With 158HP it would have threatened the non-turbo RX-7. They should have sent it anyway with the 178HP turbo.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    “This 158hp JDM Miata coupe we wonder if it’s really worth $38,000.”

    Seriously, who writes your subheaders?

  • nastinupe

    It’s ugly and isn’t a convertible. If I am going to pay $38,000 for an old Mazda sports car I’d get a 93 RX-7.

    • Ben

      Oh you’re going to pay a lot more than that when you constantly need to build the engine. But yes, I wouldn’t pay $40k for a Miata.

  • sidewaysspin

    I’m in love.

  • Brilliant. Just because it’s a Mazda, doesn’t mean this has to be sold cheap.

    • Giziclown

      From now, with the new 3, Mazda is not a cheap brand anymore.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        They still have the 2 which is very affordable.

  • Kaido Alex

    Kaido Battle: Touge no Densetsu anyone?

  • Blade t

    I’m not into miatas ,but it’s pretty cool rare car. 38k doesn’t sound crazy for a rare car that’s been restored like this..

  • Blade t

    That may be true ,but do they only have 30k miles? Have the been through a restoration like this one has ?

    • Netsphere

      lmao, its an mx5 they stamped thousands. its not a rarity.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        They didn’t stamp thousands of the coupes. They made 63, which makes this the very definition of a rarity.

        • Netsphere

          ok so ill take the thousands madeback. but all of you are wrong there were total of 179 made, there was the base model (1.6L), the type E, type S and type A.

          • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

            Okay, so you’re saying 179 made out of over a million Miatas produced over its production run is still not rare?

          • Blade t

            They only produced 63 of the type s..

      • Blade t

        But they only made 63 of these coupes. So that makes it rare..

  • TheBelltower

    This does nothing for me. This generation was not a timeless design. Plus it’s not a convertible. I’d either get an older gen Miata, or a new one.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I knew about the concept, I did not know they produced any for sale.

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