In 2017, you’d be hard pressed to find three cars in a segment that don’t share some of the same kind of appeal.

Point? Coupled with the cost associate with a hot new automobile that might be the slightest bit unique, it’s practically impossible to score a modern-day ride with potential collectible cache that’s actually affordable.

Until now. Because the new Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is both reasonably priced and oozing future nostalgia appeal. And it delivers on the idea of a modern-day collectible in drool-worthy fashion, as the first-ever retractable hard top convertible version of the popular Miata roadster.

Mazda Miata MX-5 (interior)

Actually, we knew the MX-5 would be special when we covered it last year at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. But after having a chance to wheel one on some of the breathtaking backroads around San Diego, we’re even more convinced that the new MX-5 Miata RF is a classic in the making.

Price? Starts at $31,555 for the base Club model. The Grand Touring model, which we drove during our test driver, starts at $32,620.

Fairly inexpensive, fun to drive, and a hot new take on a proven classic—what’s not to like? Well, there is that little issue of this annoying wind noise you get when the MX-5’s top is down and you’re putting all 155 horses to the test. You’ll have to let that slide though, given all the stares you get from people jealous they aren’t having as much fun behind the wheel…

Mazda Miata MX-5 (rear)