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Mazda Celebrates MX-5’s Quarter Century In Style

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0700

AS part of the MX-5’s 25th birthday celebrations, Mazda has released a limited edition version of its iconic roadster.

The MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0-litre 25th Anniversary Limited Edition hits the showrooms in August and, to ensure its limited run status, just 1,000 individually numbered examples will be built.

Crucially, in a testament to Britain's enduring love affair with open-topped motoring 750 units will be made available to UK customers, with number one being unveiled at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed on 26-29th June.

Mazda has added a generous level of standard kit to the limited edition car, which is based on the current Roadster Coupe 2.0-litre Sport Tech Nav variant.

Furthermore, there’s no chance of mistaking this MX-5 for any other thanks to its model-unique Soul Red Metallic paint finish. Brilliant Black door mirrors and A-pillars complete the look.

First revealed to the public on February 9th at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, Mazda’s MX-5 was a surprise hit. Reintroducing a category of vehicle that had become all but extinct by the early 70s, it was a popular choice and far outstripped the company's own sales predictions.

When global production reached 531,890 units in May 2000, the MX-5 was certified by Guinness World Records as the world's best-selling two-seater sports car in history. Since then, total global production passed the 900,000 mark in February 2011 and the Mazda MX-5's Guinness certification was updated.

By Press Association reporters