Jerry F

Dropping the top on our Miata

After the introduction of the Miata in the fall of 1989, my wife was hooked. Every time she saw one, she commented on how "cute" it was. Knowing how much she wanted one, I decided to buy her one for Christmas. The nearest dealer was in South Bend, Indiana. Figuring that December was not the ideal time to sell a convertible, I picked a very snowy day to make my purchase. At that time Miata's were selling for many hundreds of dollars above sticker price. I felt I made a good deal to buy it for sticker. They agreed to deliver the car at Christmas.

A couple days later I came home from work to find my wife with a quizzical look on her face. "Did we buy a Miata?" she asked. Turns out the dealer needed some insurance info and the guy calling at the house did not know this was a surprise gift. Since the cat was out of the bag, I called the dealer to complain about the situation. They were very apologetic and soon delivered the red/black car with a white bow and ribbon.

My wife was ecstatic and wanted to drive it. As you can see in the photo, there was lots of snow on the ground. What she really wanted to do was to put the top down. Being a teacher, she had a couple weeks off at Christmas. It was soon decided that we would drive south until it was warm enough to drop the top. However packing for a week's travel was not easy in a Miata. So I left the spare at home which created considerably more room in the trunk. We cringed every time we saw a car along side the road with a flat tire.

It was particularly cold that winter so we were near Miami before it was warm enough to go topless. We didn't stop there as we drove on to our first visit to Key West. After a great deal of key lime pie and more than a few margarita's, we headed back to cold northern Indiana. It was a great trip and a great way to break in our new Miata.

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