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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Knobless

December 10, 2010

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Knobless

When I got into our revamped Miata last night I was slightly shocked. The Nardi knob was no more. I read about the transplant on our blogs and heard the chatter around the water cooler. Ok, I get the symbolic gesture of taking the shift knob from our recently departed Miata and transplanting it to this one. I know the powers that be prefer the plastic over the wood. But I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.

When I opened the door to our Miata, I stopped and stared. I wasn't mad. I was disappointed.

Maybe I was upset because it reminded me of that Nardi wheel in the first Miata I drove. I thought that was one of the coolest "car things" I've seen. It's right up there with the leather driving gloves that came with the Mercury Capri my Dad bought when I was a little kid. (My brother subsequently destroyed the Capri and the garage door by dropping the car into reverse before he actually opened the door. Hilarity ensued.)

I guess I'm in the minority in regards to the Nardi. I'll miss that knob. I felt it was one of the cool details that made the M Edition special.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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