1990 Miata, 'A' Package, H4143 (Metallic Teal)\n-Mazda front and rear fascia lip extensions\n-MSW Type 55 15x7" wheels\n-Advan Neova AD-05 and AD-06 195/50-1... Show more5 tires\n-Technosport Track Bar\n-Jackson Racing springs\n-Jackson Racing anti-sway bars\n-Koni Sport shock absorbers\n-Jackson Racing Cold-air induction***\n-Racing Beat header***\n-Dynomax Super Turbo muffler***\n-Marchal Amplilux dual-H1 headlights\n-Flyin' Miata strut tower brace\n-Brainstorm front subframe brace\n-Robbins Sunfast cloth top, black with plastic rear window\n-Momo Pilota steering wheel\n(*** = Weight savings benefit--functional items in lieu of aftermarket sound system) Show Less
The black front and rear extensions to the bumper fascias were designed by ace Mazda designer Mark Jordan and were intended to be a standard fitting on all M... Show moreiatas. However, Mazda's logistics department objected on the grounds that there was too great a chance they could be damaged in the shipping process, especially when Miatas had to deal with the ramp angles of the roll-on/roll-off car carrying ships the company uses. (This is also one of the reasons the rockers/sills were black on NA series Miatas - to visually tie the front and rear lip extensions together.)
Mazda's US importer came to the rescue and sponsored the parts as a dealer-fit accessory, although the take-up rate was lower than had been expected. Originals are sought-after by Miata enthusiasts in Japan.
Unique amongst Mazda vehicles, the original Miata had four codenames in its lifetime. Initially it was part of a project called Offline 55 which included rival front-drive and mid-engined coupes. After vanquishing them, but still not an approved program, the car was tagged V701 for the development of a proof-of-concept vehicle by Gijitsu Kenkyu-jyo or Technical Research Division. This division was sort of Mazda's version of the Lockheed Skunk Works(TM) from the early-1980s through the mid-1990s.
Once approved for production in 1985, the car got its first 'real' Mazda type number, P729. Mazda used the 'P' numbers for its development projects until 1987 when it changed the system for project codes and the Miata became the J58G. The change came about when concerns about corporate security became acute. It seems a tire supplier was referring to Mazda projects by the 'P' number in cases when the project had not been approved and - worse still - before the purchasing division was aware of the 'P' codes.
Because the car had this collection of ever-changing codenames, it was unofficially (and quite commonly) referred to solely as LWS - for LightWeight Sports - internally by Mazda staff. Show Less