For sports car fans, perhaps the most significant presence at this year’s New York Auto Show was Mazda’s display commemorating the 25th anniversary of the worlds most faithful roadster. A collection of significant models was on hand that included some of the little car’s history.
At the front of the line were production numbers 14 and 15, cars that were on the show stand at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show. Who could have guessed what an impact the tiny machine would have on motoring history.
In the next row sat #17, the first Miata race car. With 6,500 racing miles on the odometer, this is the first of over 5,000 Miatas that have been raced over the years. More than any other model. It truly changed the face of auto racing.
My favourite is the M Coupe which is from about 1996 if I recall correctly. I absolutely freaked out when images of this car appeared back then, I wanted them to build it so badly. I was pretty excited to see the concept in the flesh. I still think they should have put it in production.
At the back of the line so to speak are the new 25th Anniversary Edition and the chassis for the next generation MX-5. As Henry Ford would have said, you can order one of these collectibles in any color you like, just so long as it is Soul Red Metallic. The crimson shade looks sulty when matched with piano black trim. Just 100 copies of the edition will be available for the United States, and those interested can only order theirs directly through Mazda’s website.
Sitting off to the side is the chassis for the next gen Miata and it really puts the whole SkyActiv philosophy into perspective. It is tough to imagine a more compact, light weight undercarriage for any modern car. I for one can’t wait to see what sits on top.