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Mazda MX-5 Miata

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The start of a legend, the 1stGen (NA) Mazda MX-5 Miata...

First revealed in Feb 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show, the Mazda MX-5 was an instant hit!

1989 Chicago Auto Show
1989 Chicago Auto Show

1989 US Head Office Launch
  • 1.6L petrol engine making 86kW at 6500 rpm and 136Nm of torque at 5500rpm.
  • 5-speed manual
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 2 seater
  • Lightweight
  • Soft top convertible

And don’t forget those iconic pop-up headlights!

Released in the US and Canada in May 1989, Japan in September 1989 (branded as a Eunos Roadster), and Europe in 1990. Originally launched in only Red, White, and Blue as a 5-speed manual only, as the years went on other colours were introduced as well as an automatic transmission and many special edition models.

1989 - Eunos Roadster

1989 - Mazda MX-5 Original Advertisement

On sale from 1989 til 1997, the 1stGen NA Mazda MX-5 sold over 400,000 units, not only cementing its place as one of the most iconic cars in history but also laying the foundation for the MX-5 to later become the best selling 2 seater sports car in history!

1989 - Mazda MX-5 Un voyage dans le temps

In May 2000, the Guinness Book of World Records certified the MX-5 the “best selling two-seater sports car” when production hit 531,890 units.

1989 Mazda MX-5. Images provided by Auto Evolution

For lucky owners of the NA MX-5, Mazda offers a special restoration service to ensure the iconic roadster stays on the road. The is conducted in Hiroshima, takes a total of 2 months and requires the car to be stripped back to bare metal and rebuilt. It's safe to say this would cost a pretty penny, but some would say, worth every cent.

The 1 millionth Mazda MX-5 rolled off the production line on April 22nd 2016! Still lightweight, rear-wheel drive, 4 cylinders, 2 seater, legendary handling, amazing reliability, and great fun to drive!