Bill's 2013 Miata (MX-5) PRHT GT
Purchased:  July 2, 2021


Although I purchased this car 15 months before posting this webpage, I'm only just getting around to taking pictures and creating a web page.

This car is my 6th Miata, in order here's a brief history of these cars:


1.  1990 "A" package
        I've always liked sports cars.  The first time I heard about the Miata, I knew that this was the right car for me.  Sold it 3 years later to purchase the LE Miata.
2.  1993 Limited Edition
       This is the same link as #1.  I sold this car when we purchased a cattle ranch in Missouri and bought 2 pickup trucks.  Sold both trucks when we decided to retire to Florida. 
3.  1997 M-Edition
        Having been without a Miata for a few years and now living in Florida, this was a no-brainer.  We drove this car for many years, then sold it in 2006.
4.  2005 Mazdaspeed
        I was offered a good deal on a new and rare factory supercharged Miata.  Sold it a few years later to buy a 2013 Corvette.  I was not impressed with the Corvette and sold it after one year.
5.  2017 MX-5 GT
        After the Corvette I couldn't wait to get another Miata!  But then 2 years later I sold it and began my search for a PRHT.
6.  2013 PRHT
        The Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT) is IMO the finest option ever offered by Mazda for the Miata.


Once I learned more about the PRHT, I decided to purchase one.   The only requirements were that the car:

- is a PRHT (duh).  Check the 2017 MX-5 GT link for details as to why I decided against the RF model. 
- has low mileage.
- is a GT model.
- has standard 6-speed transmission.
- has a red exterior and black interior.
- is in outstanding condition.

It should be noted that I did find "almost" the exact car I wanted locally, but the exception to my list was that it had an automatic transmission.  I drove it and found that it was "sluggish" compared to my previous stick shift cars, so this was the last time I would ever consider an automatic!

I knew I'd never be able to find exactly what I wanted locally, so I spent a long time studying nationwide ads in cargurus.com and autotrader.com.  Ultimately in CarGurus I found what looked like the perfect car for me at a dealership in Bryan, Texas (988 miles from our home in Tucson, AZ).  After discussing the details with the salesman, I gave the dealership my credit card information as a deposit and flew out the next day to look at the car.  It was beautiful, so I closed the deal and the next day began an enjoyable 2-day drive west in my new toy.  It should be noted that when I purchased the car it had only 11,129 miles on the odometer, which I believe was unusually low for any 9-year old car!  Of course I then added another 1,000 miles to that total!  :)

I recently mentioned to my local Mazda salesman that if they ever offered a new PRHT Miata (not an RF), I'd buy it.  If not, this should be my last Miata!  :)  I also checked Google to see if there was another current sports car which offered a fully removable power hardtop.  I found only one ~ the Ferrari California which lists new from $325K and up, too rich my "beer budget"!

The following pictures were taken during during October and November, 2022 . . . enjoy!


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This vanity plate was available, so I immediately purchased it.
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Arizona does not require a front license plate.  But since the license mounts were permanently attached to the car, I decided to use them.

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Top up pictures.
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As I type this information the car is now 10-years old, looks pretty good, doesn't it?
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I lowered the top about halfway for this and the next picture.

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Top down.
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The quality of the finish is amazing!  My wife told me the cactus reflection on the hood looks like something by Salvador Dali.

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Leather seats, very comfortable.
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No trunk space is lost when you lower the top!
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I replaced the original radio with a Sony XAV-AX5500 digital multimedia receiver.  This was a BIG job for me but well worth the effort.

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I'd prefer polished chrome wheels, but these wheels are OK.
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This is the original Bose radio that came with the car ~ amazingly poor quality stereo music!  :(
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As well as outstanding music quality, the Sony unit gave me an improved GPS navigator view, a backup camera, and the capability of listening to my USB music library of 4,650(+) titles!


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I don't have a video camera and this is not my car.   I "borrowed" someone else's video to show exactly how the PRHT lowers and stows the top.

 

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