This is mostly about the first-generation Miata, which were the ones with the pop-up headlights. Designed to be a modern answer to the Fiat Spyder and Triumph Spitfire (only without the frequent trips to the mechanic), the Miata was Mazda's first small car that thought outside the (econo)box. Early RX-7s are also tons of fun, with their high-revving rotary engines, but good luck finding an affordable one in drivable shape. The first-generation Miatas are light and low, two keys to a fun ride-and if the ragtop is in rough shape, simply never drive with it up. Find one with a five-speed and no power steering for the authentic vintage sports car experience.