hatts wrote:When I look at old Miatas I don't see a successful nod toward sports car heritage (in terms of styling), I see a poor imitation of it. Take an approximation of a 1960s British sports car and drown it in vanilla and as much cheapo ABS as you can muster.
Not knocking the performance or fun factor of any generation of Miata, but to me, smallness/blobbiness does not equate with iconic styling.
I'd disagree, "sports car heritage" is very vague, if you take a look at the Elan posted earlier:
That was very much the design inspiration. Very simple surfacing, the pop up headlights, cute snout, super simple interior. I wouldn't describe any part of it as blobby.
It wasn't meant to be a Jaguar E type of Ferrari. It was meant to replicate the simple, lightweight formula and make it accessible and relevant. No one designs something to be iconic, becoming an icon is something you earn - and the Miata did just that.
If the iPod was an unsuccessful piece of sh*t we wouldn't call it an icon, we'd just refer to it as "that old jukebox Apple tried making in the 2000's".