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Classic White | Roadster | 5 Speed Manual | 1.8 litre Inline 4 | 40,908 kms | SOLD
The idea of one of the greatest pocket rocket sports cars created happened in 1978 during a conversation between Mazda’s then-chief engineer Kenichi Yamamoto Bob Hall, an Automotive editor.
Hall planted a seed in Yamamoto-san’s brain by suggesting that Mazda should try its hand at a simple, affordable, sports roadster. Three years later, with Yamamoto as Mazda’s president, Hall joined the product-planning department and the journey towards developing one of the most purest sports cars began.
Mazda had three main design centres in the 80s (Hiroshima, Tokyo, and a brand-new studio in Irvine, California) which were in direct competition with each other over what the MX-5 roadster should become. Ideas stretched from ultra-modern and front-drive (Hiroshima), much like the new Honda CRX, to mid-engined and rear-drive (Tokyo), like Toyota’s MR2.
The Californian team, however, stuck to Hall’s original principle of a lightweight, front-engined sports car with rear-drive, which became the winning formula in 1989.
Here at the Classic Throttle Shop, we are large enthusiasts of thoroughbred sportscars and are proud to present as part of a large collection of Miatas, this impressive first-generation MX-5 roadster. With its 115 hp revvy 1.8 litre power plant nestled in a light-wight skeleton chassis inspired by the Lotus Elan, our Australian delivered roadster presents in exceptional condition.
This MX-5 was purchased new in 1995 from Eurocars Mazda Artarmon Sydney. Like then, the whole car is still in original specification with no changes or modifications made.
Inside the original Mazda wallet is the owners manual with dealer information slip, original dealer keyring, and M-5 club membership card.
Registration paperwork shows the car has had only a handful of owners and the bundle of service paperwork shows that the car in recent years has enjoyed regular servicing and maintenance.
Its all about feel.
This particular Japanese roadster has super-crisp throttle response, a tight super-quick short-throw shift and a rasping exhaust note. The Nardi steering wheel is like new and the seats a strong and supportive. Our Miata is a nineties hero and right for any collection of modern-classic sports cars.