Probably the best UK Mk1 Mazda MX5 1.8i with just 19,202 miles from new.
Laminated windscreen, retractable halogen headlamps, bright finish door handles, colour keyed bumpers and outer mirrors, colour keyed mud guards, manual folding black canvas soft top, side impact beams, suspension brace bar, tachometer, urethane steering wheel and gearknob, bucket seats, adjustable headrests, interior light, cigar lighter and illuminated ashtray, locking glovebox, locking centre storage box. Dealer options; Tailored MX5 floor mats.
This truly exceptional Mazda MX-5 in factory original Classic Red, (Code SU), boasts a pristine deep gloss shine and impeccable finish. The showroom fresh appeal with absolutely no colour fade or deterioration to the paintwork is owing to the incredible low mileage, garaged storage from new and dry usage only. The underside and sills are detailed to concours standard and the car has competed successfully at such events. Miniscule chips around the fuel filler and a tiny 1cm scratch on the rear bumper are utterly minor imperfections. The original Mazda Dealer number plates front and rear remain on the car. The black canvas hood is in perfect order with a tight fit and no cracks or damage and the rear plastic window is clear with no crease marks whatsoever. The epitome of a modern classic sports car, preserved to the highest order.
Trimmed in the standard Black Cloth upholstery this interior is exactly how Mazda intended. Everything is co-ordinated and operates perfectly. The flawless seats remain in exceptional order and the steering wheel and gear knob show prominent factory veins only found on extraordinary low mileage examples. The classic sports dashboard houses a cluster of crystal clear instruments that function precisely and retain a new car feel. The tailored MX5 over mats remain in place and protect the immaculate black carpeting. The 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. The lightweight 1.8 litre 16v DOHC engine sits in a truly immaculate engine bay which will amaze onlookers with a level of perfect detailing rarely seen. The engine, regularly serviced at Mazda, is lively and power flow very smooth with excellent low to mid-range torque. The close ratio short throw gearbox provides light and precise gear changes. Brilliant!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This exceptional Mazda has been upgraded with dealer supplied seven spoke “daisy” alloy wheels in perfect condition. However, the factory supplied unrestored and virtually impossible to source steel wheels in pristine order are retained for the buyer to choose should they wish. Both sets of wheels shod in quality Yokohama 185/60R14 tyres with excellent tread and no cracks. 255mm ventilated discs at the front and solid 251mm at the back install maximum braking confidence.
This amazing example was registered new by Mazda Main Dealers, Bourne Road Garage of Kent, on 3rd April 1996. Supplied to first owner Mr Mark Sweet as a base model with emphasis on simplicity and weight saving, the car arrived with steel wheels and no radio! Three keepers since are all traceable and the incredibly low 19,202 miles from new is fully verified in the history file. The original Mazda Service Record booklet houses eleven stamped entries, the first nine of which are the supplying Mazda dealer. The most recent stamped entry at Bridley Mazda of Stourbridge was carried out in June 2015. All handbooks, manuals and spare key are neatly contained in the grey leather Mazda wallet along with an immaculately kept folder containing invoices and every MOT carried out from three years old.
Virtually impossible to find in such original, unmolested condition, this car is arguably the best remaining MK1 MX5. Sure to delight the collector, this essentially perfect example offers a real insight to the no frills pure driving experience beautifully encapsulated by Mazda and difficult to emulate.
MOT June 2017, HPI Clear.
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