Meet The Cars That Helped Make The Mazda Miata So Very Great

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The Miata may be Japanese, but it is actually a traditional British sports car through and through. Except, y'know, it runs most of the time. Now, here it is with the cars that influenced it, and it influenced.

The inspiration behind the Miata can really be traced to one car: the Lotus Elan. It shares basically every trait. Low weight, low power, tossable handling, bare basics interior. It's the muse for every Mazda engineer.

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But there are other cars. Other fun cars. Like the Triumph Spitfire, the MGB, and even the Morgan Three Wheeler. Here's how they all feel about each other.

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Collin Maley

After having my Miata for a month and a half now, I honestly can say I couldn't have chosen a more fun car. Yeah, it sucks in the cold seasons, but it's so much fun on back roads whether cold or not. I love my little "British" sports car. I find it funny that this car has English origins, is made by the Japanese, and happened to be designed in California.