Launched at the Chicago Motor Show in 1989 as a 970kg lightweight, two seater roadster with near 50/50 weight distribution, the MX-5 has gone on to be one of the highest unit volume selling cars of all time. A natural successor to the Lotus Elan, MGA and Triumph Spitfire, powered by a 1598cc 115bhp engine, it is now entirely legitimate to call the early MX-5 Mk1 a true design icon.
This particular vehicle can only be described in terms of being ‘as new’ or ‘showroom’ condition. Covering a total of just 17,025 miles (backed up by all MOTs and its Mazda stamped service book) the car was first registered 13 August 1990. The car was in the first batch of UK delivered cars. We know this because launch cars were only available in either red, white or blue, fitted with electric windows and equipped with a black leather Momo steering wheel.
Unmarked inside, outside and underside, we understand it claimed 2nd prize in the national MX-5 concours in 2013. Three owners in total, with fully documented and comprehensive service history (the last service carried out in March 2016 – including new cam belt and tyres) the car in our view must be one of the best available, anywhere in the world.
The car comes supplied with fully fitted Mazda MX-5 car cover, tonneau cover and a box file full of receipts, books and brochures. If ever a car can be described as a future classic, then this one must be it.