A limited edition UK Mk1 Mazda MX-5 California as featured in the James Mann Book
Laminated windscreen, retractable halogen headlamps, rear fog lamp, bright finish door handles, colour keyed bumpers and door mirrors, colour keyed mud guards, manual folding black canvas soft top, rear tonneau, side impact beams, suspension brace bar and performance rods, vehicle immobiliser, window etching, tachometer, bucket seats, adjustable headrests, interior light, cigar lighter and illuminated ashtray, locking glovebox, locking centre storage box, panel light control, power steering, Clarion CRX601R cassette player (boxed), numbered plaque 273/300, special wallet. Dealer fit: Hardtop, MX-5 scuff plates, MX-5 carpet mats, Nardi Torino steering wheel, Larini exhaust.
This incredibly rare limited edition Mazda MX-5 is finished in factory original Sunburst Yellow, (Code HZ), to match the charisma of the car. Only 300 UK examples were produced in this colour despite pressure from buyers to offer the colour across the range. A vibrant gloss shine exists owing to enthusiast pampered care 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 the previous owner having a tailored cloth made to place on top of the screen when the hood is folded down. An immaculate Sunburst Yellow hardtop is also included. A few miniscule stone chips to the front panel and small dings can be seen on close scrutiny. The 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, (Code NA3), the interior is exactly how Mazda intended. Everything is co-ordinated and operates perfectly. The limited edition numbered plaque revealing this as number 273 of 300 reminds the owner of the exclusivity of this model. The high backed seats have adjustable integral headrests offering maximum comfort and support with only minor wear to the bottom of the drivers bolster. Dealer fit MX-5 scuff plates and carpet mats show slight markings having offered protection from new. The classic sports dashboard houses a cluster of crystal clear instruments that function precisely and viewable through the expensive polished wooden Nardi Torini classic steering wheel. 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. Sparkling performance!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This exceptional Mazda has unique unmarked factory fitted 15inch alloy wheels which are shod in matching Dunlop Sport SP2000 195/50 R15 tyres with excellent tread remaining. Powerful disc brakes all round install maximum braking confidence.
The aficionados will relish in the history of this rare car. Supplied new on the 30th June 1995 by Tamplins Mazda and always enthusiast owned by each of the three former keepers. Active membership of the MX-5 Owners Club and many classic car outings reveal how this car has been enjoyed. Regular maintenance is documented with a file full of invoices and all the handbooks are contained in the prized black leather California A5 wallet. Dealership literature includes business cards, extended warranties and even the Mazda Gold privilege card and impossible to source brochure! A full set of spare keys are included.
Added provenance is guaranteed by two features in hardback motoring books. The Car Book –the definitive visual history and Sports Cars, both by James Mann and signed by the author himself! 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 21 years ago!
MOT June 2017, HPI Clear.
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