Top 10 Chassis Codes You Should Know

Top 10 Chassis Codes You Should Know

8. NA Mazda Miata

There’s only one name you need to know when it comes to small convertibles and that is “Miata.” Now known as the Mazda MX-5, the car that started it all was dubbed the NA back in 1989. Tipping the scales just past 2,000 lbs., the NA is known nowadays as the pure Miata, as every generation since has gotten bigger and heavier.

Two engines made their way into the NA Miata: a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine debuted in the NA, makinge 115 horsepower while a 1.8-liter engine arrived in 1994 making 130 hp.  In production from 1989 to 1999, the NA Miata was a Japanese take on European roadsters like the Alfa Romeo Spyder, Triumph Spitfire and MG MGB.

Offered with minimal options, the NA quickly became a legendary car able to run problem-free for thousands of miles while delivering a raw and engaging driving feel. Not only that, but it spurred a grass-roots motorsport movement that sees owners participating in track events, auto-crosses and other high-performance events to this day.

  • augie

    this is a fun, car-geeky list. i owned an e46 3-series, but strangely feel the e30 m3 is still bmw’s most iconic car. i think the audi b5 a4 was a great classic design and perhaps their first real mass market success.

    and am i the only person who thinks the car companies could be a little more creative in picking chassis codes that aren’t so close to the model names themselves, so as to not utterly confuse us all? how about porsche’s new 2023 911, chassis code: chameleon?

  • There’s also the P71 Panther Police Interceptor package for the Ford Crown Victoria, a mainstay of police forces (and of course, reconditioned as a mainstay of taxi and limo fleets) throughout most of the U.S.

  • sawyer

    It’s a little hard to read this list and not see the term “E30” pop up.

  • Jamal

    Agreed. E30 is THE BMW chassis code. Forget E46.

  • Killa

    I’ve always been an R32 GT-R fan.

  • Rickers

    Really? That car is an overrated POS.

  • Goldo1802

    Where is the MkIV Supra? -_-