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.