OWNER’S VIEW

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying Guide -

‘I’ve owned a num­ber of NA mod­els in the past, but I wanted to pick up an­other now as a pro­ject and had been look­ing out for a well-priced, fair con­di­tion early one. I found a 1991 1.6i a cou­ple of months ago that met the cri­te­ria – the mileage was a rea­son­able 90,000, with the un­der­side in good con­di­tion, but it was def­i­nitely in need of some TLC, which is what I wanted. Some bodywork needs at­ten­tion, mainly around the rear of the sill on one side and on the rear whee­larches. It’s noth­ing ma­jor but they’re com­mon grot spots on the MX-5 to look out for. En­gine-wise,

IAIN FLEM­ING

things are pretty sound – it’s been well looked af­ter, the his­tory is good, and the cam­belt had been done re­cently. I’ll give it a ser­vice and at­tend to a cou­ple of oil seals and a mi­nor leak from the front crank­shaft seal. Once I’ve re­fur­bished the brakes and re­placed a worn clutch slave cylin­der that should mainly be it for the me­chan­i­cals. Then it’s just a case of tidy­ing the in­te­rior and per­haps re­plac­ing the hood and restor­ing a few orig­i­nal com­po­nents. The great thing about the MX-5 is how easy it is to work on, and I can’t wait to get this one back on the road.’

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