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1997 Mazda Miata: My Favorite Flavor of M

March 03, 2011

1997 Mazda Miata: My Favorite Flavor of M

Yes, that's just M, not M&Ms.  Our Miata is an M Edition, essentially a loaded version of the car that came with leather seats, a unique color and special wheels.  If we're talking strictly first generation here and I get to pick from the dizzying array of M Editions / Special Editions (as we point out in our comprehensive Miata history), I've got to go with the 1995 M edition.  The '95 M came painted a rich shade called Merlot Mica, which was nicely accented by the BBS wheels and tan upholstery.  Though I like the look of real wood trim, I prefer the tactility of leather for vehicle controls, so I'd replace the wood shift knob and parking brake handle.  Oh yeah, I'd also put in a Kraftwerks supercharger kit.

Any Miata fans out there agree with my choice or have a different M Edition / Special Edition of the first-gen Miata they'd prefer?

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 129,745 miles

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