CC Outtake: First-Generation Mazda MX-5 Miata – Looks Like Sylvester Finally Won

203 - Tweety Bird first-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata CC

Maybe there’s something a little twisted about this, but I was one of those kids who was always rooting for Sylvester The Cat to get Tweety Bird.  I’m sorry, but I still find Tweety so annoying, with his constant taunts, feigned obliviousness, and dependence on “Dwanny” and/or Hector The Bulldog to clean up his messes.  As far as I’m concerned, Sylvester, even at his most inept, is the protagonist of those cartoons.

Anyway, I spotted this little, yellow Miata-bird in my neighborhood in front of a local, storefront fast-food joint.  (Miata enthusiast and owner JPCavanaugh, I apologize – it’s probably too late by this point for you to cover your eyes.)  I have never seen a Miata on the road that looked this mangled.  This one even has the hardtop (!), which was not a cheap option in its day.  It made me wonder about this specific example’s downward trajectory and the story behind it.

I find the first Miatas as charming as I find Tweety irritating, but perhaps this example is still on the road, three years after this photograph was taken.  Hopefully, anyway.  Dents and rust have no impact whatsoever on top-down enjoyment, and with spring finally and solidly here again in the Midwestern United States, it is about that time.

Edgewater, Chicago, Illinois.
Sunday, January 6, 2013.