The second generation MX-5 was launched at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show with the tough task of improving on the original car’s 400,000 global sales. The pop-up headlamps bit the dust and the car grew slightly but the MX-5’s winning formula remained unmolested.
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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