Nostalgia is another reason why the early Mazda MX-5s hold their value. Since I sold my white 1991 NA model in 2013, I have had a hankering to get another NA back in the garage. If you wonder why I sold the NA, it was sold to make room for my 2001 NB, acquired for motorsport duties. With their pop-up lights and daisy style wheels, I now look back fondly and wish I had kept my NA.

Browsing the internet for a clean, original NA eligible for Club Permit registration has become a pastime. Expecting now to pay a bit more than what I sold mine for, I was surprised to see a recent ad for a 1991 Mazda MX-5 manual with an asking price of $24,850.

With over 143,000 kilometres on the clock and in pristine condition, the ad said: "One lady owner from new - that's right, 30 years. This is one for the collectors; utterly original, unmodified and completely rust-free. This car could well be a Concours winner in years to come as originality is increasingly valued."

We now appear to be at a turning point, where the early NA's are starting to be recognised as classic cars and increasing in value. Of course, $24,850 will stretch my budget, but I am sure there is a good value car out there for me. All I need to do now is convince the family that a third Mazda MX-5 is not one too many.

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