Update – 1990 Mazda Miata Factory Race Car

The totally restored Mazda Miata race car we profiled on March 29th has been relisted here on eBay with a Buy-It-Now price of $25,000.

Millen’s MX5 – 1990 Mazda Miata Factory Race Car

This 1990 Mazda Miata is one of two race cars commissioned by the factory and built by Rod Millen to promote the Japanese manufacturer’s newest model. Find it for sale here on eBay in Dade City, Florida.

Long compared to the original Lotus Elan, Mazda Miatas combine cheeky charm with a balanced chassis and sporty—though certainly not overpowered—engine. No surprise then that, like the Elan in its heyday, you can’t throw a stone in any SCCA sanctioned paddock without hitting several dozen and angering the otherwise friendly Miata racing crowd.

This particular Miata, however, is a considerably different animal as it was crafted by Rod Millen with the Mazda factory’s full approval and expertise behind him. So, while many look at this car as just another Miata, it is much more like the Lotus Elan 26R factory race cars that command high prices and respect from the historians and sanctioning bodies alike.

Campaigned in the Escort World Challenge Series and driven by Scott Gaylord, Kent Stacey, and John Finger, this #02 Miata saw limited SCCA racing after the 1990. Remarkably, it retains its original 1.6 liter four cylinder engine and 5-speed transmission and enjoys the recent, complete restoration by its current owner to the state of appearance and tune with which it left Rod Millen’s shop in 1990. Best of all, it comes with most of its original parts including a spare set of the body-matched Panasport wheels.

If this car were ours we’d enter it in every vintage race we could fit on the schedule and add to its solid history as best we could. Fast enough to have fun, ultra reliable, and cheap to fix, this Miata will provide its next owner great experience while it rises in value.


  1. Rock Solid Car from a Rock Solid Seller.

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