1996 Mazda Eunos Roadster

Sold: $9,495

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Stock Number: 4898

The problem with most British sports cars isn't the sublime driving dynamics or classically beautiful proportions; it's the oil leaks and electrical gremlins that plague these fine cars that make ownership such a bear! So instead, Mazda revisited the concept in 1990, and the Eunos was born. This 1996 features a larger 1.8L engine, rear-drive, and communicative handling that has made this the best selling roadster of all time. Finished in a custom Cosmic Purple. The body is in good shape other than some minor dings and chips associated with normal use. Boasting 77K verified miles, this Mazda includes more than a few classy performance modifications and a rare OEM hardtop. Those familiar with the Miata market know that a factory hardtop alone is worth anywhere from 1-2K depending on the location before you get into any of the other modifications. The same goes for the Zoom Elan tail lights which give the back end a properly retro feel. Recently serviced and legally imported, this little Mazda would make a great weekend getaway cruiser or a fantastic daily driver.

The cabin fits you like a tuxedo, but the ergonomic are good and there are a few nice finishing pieces to note. Compared to our normal Eunos inventory, this one has a more upmarket feel. Items like power windows and chrome OEM door sills are subtle but impactful. The seats are the most impressive cabin upgrade and look like something right out of the 1960s. These leather buckets are supremely bolstered and highly detailed. The dash is in good nick and lacks any major cracks or imperfections. A Nardi 3 spoke wheel replaces the factory one and feels right at home. Nardi was the preferred choice of Mazda as the years went on, so it only makes sense to go with them. To tie in with the aftermarket buckets they swapped out the gear selector and handbrake for brushed aluminum pieces which really do spruce up the looks of the interior. The basic climate control system is easy to use and works like a charm. Power windows were a nice touch from the factory, as are the power mirrors. While the radio is powered the speakers themselves are not hooked up so we couldn't check the quality of those. Having the factory hardtop means you get some additional space in the cockpit along with better visibility out of the back. While the factory soft top was retained it's been underneath the hardtop for some long it's gotten a bit brittle. You can probably hit it up with some leather reconditioned to get some spring back into it, but we did want to make note of that.

The driveline and chassis design were akin to that of a horse and rider. Mazda focused on keeping weight down and paid special attention to maintain proper weight distribution. Mounted far back in the engine bay, this two-door is powered by Mazdas legendary BP-ZE four-banger. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the engine cranks over quickly a twist of the key. It idles well and is connected to an automatic gearbox. Our trained techs have replaced the radiator to ensure she maintains the proper temperature and automatic transmission shifts as it should and send power to the rear wheels. The OEM suspension was replaced in Japan with a set of KYB New SR struts to improve the ride quality. They do a good enough job and the Mazda doesn't beat you up on less than ideal road surfaces. The brakes feel confident and the steering is one of the best systems we have tested. The Eunos rides on Formula-one silver alloys wheels, that evoke the Panasport feel.

*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.

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