Mazda won at Le Mans in 1991 with the 787B prototype accompanied by a deafening sonic assault from its rotary engine. To celebrate, the marque built 25 Mazda MX-5 Le Mans special editions in the same green and orange livery as the race car. The colour scheme was not for the fainthearted but the car lived up to its looks with a 152bhp turbocharged 1.6 under the bonnet.
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.
Click through the gallery for a history of the Mazda MX-5 in pictures...