Mazda’s Miata Starts Off EmpireWritten by Mazda Fan
Car enthusiasts are always on lookout for an affordable sports car. Over years, many companies have tried to fill that niche, with varying success. Indeed, it takes a brave and intelligent manufacturer to come up with an attractive, pleasurable and cost-conscious sports vehicle. Luckily, Mazda was able to do just that.
Plans for a unique open two-seater began around 1981. With a team based in both California and Japan, a design focused on a compact, streamlined, easy-to-handle, and overall unassuming sports car began to take shape. Around 1989, to delight of millions worldwide, Mazda Miata was born.
The very first Miata was extremely small in size and complete effect was certainly remarkable. Take wheelbase, which was just 89.2 inches and stretched to a total of 155.2 inches. The highly engineered steering combined with smaller disk brakes worked like a charm. The interior amenities were minimal, but sufficient.
In the Beginning: Mercury AutomobilesWritten by Mercury Fan
Mercury was established in 1939 as a brand within Ford Motor Company. Originally, idea was to create a car that fell between popular, low-priced Ford and luxury model. To do this, they came up with Mercury Marauder.
In 1960’s an enthusiasm for race car driving was sweeping nation. Realizing this, Mercury decided to take its cars to stock car racing. With top drivers behind wheel like Parnelli Jones, newly christened Mercury Marauder hit circuit. In 1963, Marauder won eight stock car titles and other racing awards.
The success of Mercury Marauder was meteoric. In turn, Ford decided to create a Marauder series available in a two-door hardtop design. In 1964 additional changes were made to series and a variety of options were offered. For example, each of Mercury models, including Mercury Monterrey Marauder, Mercury Montclair Marauder, and a Mercury Park Land Marauder, came with a choice of engines up to 390 horsepower.