An original UK Mk1 Mazda MX5 1.8iS with just 34,934 miles and two owners.
Laminated windscreen, retractable halogen headlamps, rear fog lamp, bright finish door handles, colour keyed bumpers and electric outer mirrors, colour keyed mud guards, manual folding black canvas soft top, rear tonneau, electric audio antenna, side impact beams, suspension brace bar and performance rods, vehicle immobiliser, window etching, tachometer, leather steering wheel, bucket seats, adjustable headrests, interior light, cigar lighter and illuminated ashtray, locking glovebox, locking centre storage box, panel light control, power steering, power windows, full size SRS airbag, Clarion ARX717 cassette player with panel case.
This fabulous Mazda MX-5 in factory original British Racing Green, (Code HU), boasts a deep gloss shine owing to the very low mileage and garaged storage from new. The problematic sills are spotlessly clean and the black canvas hood is in perfect order with a tight fit and no cracks or damage. The rear plastic window is clear with no crease marks whatsoever. A few tiny stone chips to the front panel and a small ding on the drivers door can be seen. The supplying Mazda Dealer number plates front and rear remain on the car as does the security coded window etching. The epitome of a modern classic sports car, preserved to the highest order.
Trimmed in the standard flame retardant Black Cloth upholstery this interior is exactly how Mazda intended. Everything is co-ordinated and operates perfectly and being the most expensive top specification 1.8iS model, creature comforts such as power windows, electric outer mirrors and leather steering wheel are standard. The spotless high backed seats have adjustable integral headrests offering maximum comfort and support and the unique to this model, stainless steel scuff plates and stainless steel door speaker trim, are unmarked. The classic sports dashboard houses a cluster of crystal clear instruments that function precisely and retain a new car feel. Genuine Mazda carpet mats remain in place and protect the immaculate black carpeting. The tonneau cover, tool kit, wheel brace and covered space saver wheel are all present and spotlessly clean.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
To experience driving a well maintained and cared for Mk 1 MX-5 is a true motoring delight, especially in the most powerful 130bhp version. The lightweight 1.8 litre 16v DOHC engine sits low and behind the front axle to offer a low centre of gravity and centralised weight distribution making handling perfectly balanced and delightfully responsive. A top speed of 123mph and 0-60mph in 8.6 seconds is quoted. The close ratio short throw gearbox provides light and precise gear changes. Brilliant!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This exceptional Mazda has factory fitted 14 x 6.0 JJ alloy wheels which are shod in quality 195/55 R14 tyres with excellent tread remaining. The wheels have tiny markings and the temporary spare tyre remains unused. Standard only on the 1.8iS is 4-wheel ABS with 255mm ventilated discs at the front and solid 251mm at the back for ultimate in ride stability and steering control under hard braking.
An immense history file awaits the lucky new owner of this low mileage two owner cherished MX5. Supplied new by Beaconsfield Mazda on the 21st March 1996 to Mr B Beard, the New Car Sales invoice reveals a purchase price of £17,454. Owned for 13 years before being sold to a trusted friend, Mrs Ross, a fully documented 34,934 miles is recorded with every MOT certificate from new. Both owners being members of the Mazda MX-5 Owners Club. A phenomenal collection of invoices and a hand written journal tracks all the maintenance work and makes eye watering and lengthy reading! Collectors will relish the fact that all documentation has been retained including handbooks, manuals, spare keys, (with two dealer leather fobs), and a mass of point of sale literature.
Virtually impossible to find in such original, low mileage, low owner and unmolested condition, this car is sure to delight the collector and is perfectly suited to an enthusiast wanting to experience fun and reliable classic motoring, just as Mazda intended when new 20 years ago!
MOT October 2016, HPI Clear.
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