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What is the best vehicle you have ever owned?

A black 1993 Mazda Miata stopped on top of a hill

Photo: Steve DaSilva

In our lifetimes, we will probably pass through a number of cars. Fast cars, slow cars, big trucks and small coupes. We like to think we’re always progressing, always upwards, but the truth is that sometimes a car will be worse than the one it replaced. Maybe you had to ditch your little roadster for something that could hold child seats, or maybe you moved up north and believed all those scammers and peddlers who told you AWD was a necessity — your current car is not always the best.

Its good, Warning. You can yearn for past cars, set up Craigslist alerts for VIN, and wait for the perfect car to come back on the market. But while you do, tell us its story — what was the best vehicle you’ve ever owned?

I drove like this just before Christmas with the roof down, a Santa hat and a friend in the passenger seat wearing the same.

I drove like this just before Christmas with the roof down, a Santa hat and a friend in the passenger seat wearing the same.
Photo: Steve DaSilva

In my own automotive history, there are many suitors. The turbocharged, manual-transmission Subaru wagon is solid. Even my current BMW GS, my true gateway into the world of motorcycling, deserves a nomination for that fact alone. But no, my answer is something more predictable: Miata. Isn’t it always?

not my NB prepared on track, full of promise and wasted potential. No, my best car was a nearly boneless $5,000 1993 Miata. It wasn’t fast, it wasn’t a trail weapon or a canyon carver, but it was a light, cheap sports car that got me tossing off the roof on a nice day. What more could you ask for?

The best car I ever owned was a first generation Mazda Miata. What was yours? Leave your choice in the comments and we’ll collect the best answers tomorrow.

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