The original Mazda MX-5 launched in 1989 at the Chicago Motor Show before going on sale in North America and Japan later that year and arriving in Europe in 1990. Although the Mazda MX-5 is known as such on these shores, it’s always been the Mazda Miata in the US and the Eunos Roadster in Japan.
The classic cigar shaped body and front-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout have been present from the outset but the pop-up headlamps didn’t last.
The Mazda MX-5 is a modern motoring icon, a two-seater, open-topped sports car with an overriding focus on fun.
Through three generations and 25 years, the MX-5 has wormed its way into the hearts of millions, whether as an inexpensive route to rear-wheel-drive handling purity or as a simple, pretty roadster in the classic vein.
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