The Stormtrooper rolled onto the driveway at about 6:30 PM last night (January 20th, 2017), 11.5 hours after I left that morning. Snow was falling. Sharka was plugged into the charger. Bucky was scared. Blue car was curious.
There was a new Miata in the herd.
But let me back up.
I’ve been hunting an NC on craigslist off and on for about 3 months. I needed something to make parts for. The color, options, and details were kinda not-important. I just needed an NC that drove and I could afford. If it drove well, that was a bonus.
The affordable cars all dried up around October for whatever reason. Nothing south of $14k really existed within 10 hours of Albuquerque. I kept watching and waiting. Then this little white one showed up.
(Like an idiot, I didn’t save the CL listing for this blog post. Alas. Imagine there’s a nice screenshot above…)
I called the owner and chatted for a bit. I ran a carfax. The car looked good. I made an offer assuming the car looked and drove decently upon inspection.
The only thing was… the car was located in Las Cruces. That’s about 3.5 hours from me. But Barry, the owner, didn’t mind holding the car till I could see it the next weekend.
I called up my dad to see if he wanted to take the day off and drive down south. He was up for it. Even if the car sucked and I left empty handed, getting a to spend a day with my dad would be fantastic.
So we drove.
A little research revealed that the car was a Grand Touring package. I admit, I’m not much for NC Miata trivia… I had to do a lot of research.
In 2006, the GT was the “top of the line” with leather seats, Bose 7 speaker stereo, and other goodies. A 6 speed manual was an option. And there were two premium package options if you got that 6 speed manual. One of the packages had Xenon lights and a limited slip differential. The other package had those two pieces and a set of Bilstein shocks.
I think I got all that right. Forgive me if I managed to screw something up.
Anyways, the Stormtrooper came with the lights. That means there’s an LSD inside the pumpkin.
So… the car is fully optioned.
I took a quick test drive. The car was good. Not perfect, but quite good. As the online guys would say “quite dribable.”
I had my NC.
I went back, picked up Barry, the owner, and we drove over to his bank to sign a bill of sale and get it notarized. We signed the title and he deposited the cash.
Done. No drama.
It was seriously the best Craigslist car sale ever. There was zero drama. Barry was fantastic. Very easy going and forthcoming with information at all steps. I kept in communication and didn’t have any surprises for him or changes in the deal.
Fully drama free. The result was a happy seller and a happy buyer.
Thanks again for the excellent car, Barry!!! I’ll be giving it a great home.
But that’s not it, I still had to drive home.
Queue the photo montage.
And that gets us home!
Plans for The Stormtrooper:
1) NC gauges!!! It’s been a long time coming. I just didn’t feel right making and selling them without owning a car.
2) Doing a small build. I don’t have crazy plans for Sharka-scale modifications or anything, but I wanna do a few things. The car is just crazy tall. It needs a suspension. And those 17s… and those clear tail lights.
3) Other goodies. NC1 badges for sure. Probably a few other things.
Big things! Stay tuned.