One of 400 an as new Final Edition Mk1 Mazda MX-5 Berkeley with 1,905 miles.
The Limited-Edition Mazda MX-5 Berkeley was introduced right at the very end of the production of the original Mk1 or NA Series of MX-5 and prior to the launch of the Mk2/NB Series. Available to the UK market exclusively and with just 400 limited edition cars produced, the model was a marketing collaboration with The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, London. All cars were finished in Sparkle Green metallic paint and the list price was £17,600 with little chance of a discount! Indeed, Mazda ran a competition whereby a weekend for two to stay at the famous Central London hotel could be won and the marketing literature featured a tear off competition entry slip to be posted off by eager entrants!
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, rear tonneau, side impact beams, window etching, tachometer, bucket seats, adjustable headrests, locking glovebox, locking centre storage box. Mazda MX-5 Berkeley Limited Edition specification; Berkeley badging and numbered plaque, 15” alloy wheels, black and light grey leather seat facings, light grey door panels with black top stitching, power assisted steering and Momo leather steering wheel, black leather gear lever and handbrake gaiter, dark burr wood trim, stainless steel brace bar, stainless steel scuff plates, boot rack, carpet mat set, Berkeley leather key fob, Kenwood KDC-4050L radio/CD player.
Number 346/400 has covered a genuine 1,905 miles from new and as such the car is simply breath taking in every possible way. The Sparkle Green metallic paint, (Code 11R), boasts first paint credentials and presents in flawless condition with a stunning deep shine throughout. All bodywork panels are arrow straight and the underside displays an untouched factory finish with PDI dabs intact and even fragile paper labels to the suspension components, inner wheel hubs and lower bumper, long lost on most examples! Absolutely all Berkeley Limited Edition equipment is present and correct with the boot rack even still wearing the maximum load caution sticker! The original hood is as new and further total originality is found in the factory etched glass and supplying Mazda main dealer number plates. Quite probably the best remaining of the original 400 produced, in fact of any Mk1 Mazda MX5!
Standard and unique to the Berkeley Limited Edition is the Black and light Grey leather seat facings with matching light Grey door panels with black top stitching, (Code NA3). Commensurate with the almost incomprehensibly low 1,905 miles covered, the interior can justifiably be described as perfect or as new. Again, absolutely all Berkeley Limited Edition interior features are present including the numbered plaque (346/400), Momo leather steering wheel and carpet mat set in amazing order. The dashboard wears the original dark burr wood trim and further special features such as the suspension brace bar and stainless steel scuff plates are immaculate. Even paper stickers to the seat belt buckles have been left intact! Simply astonishing in every respect.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Welcome to the experience of driving a virtually new Mazda Mk1 MX-5. The Berkeley Edition was based on the 1.8i model and the lightweight 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. The engine bay is spotlessly clean with factory plates, panel stamps, PDI dabs and stickers all present and undamaged. Even the gold anodised engine components have a deep lustre. The phenomenal close ratio short throw gearbox provides light and precise gear changes. Brilliant!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This exceptional Mazda has factory fitted 15” alloy wheels which are unrestored and in near perfect order with a minuscule touched in scratch to one rim and original Mazda centre caps as new. To the delight of those seeking total originality, the factory fitted Dunlop SP Sport 2000 195/50 R15 tyres remains fitted and the temporary spare tyre remains unused. The servo assisted braking system is factory standard and with just 1,905 miles usage the discs and callipers are super clean.
Supplied new by Mazda Main Dealer, John Wilkins Cars of Cheltenham, the car was registered on the 30th April 1998 making it one of the last Mk1 or NA Series MX-5’s. The first owner was a Mr Rackley who owned the car for 17 months at which point the second and only other keeper, Mr Simms, purchased the car. Mr Simms was an avid MX-5 enthusiast who recognised the importance of this very special car and knew that preserving such a low mileage example was going to result in a true modern classic in years to come, and of course he was absolutely correct! The car has not even had it’s first MOT but of course KGF Classic Cars will undertake this should the next owner wish.
The original Mazda document wallet housing all handbooks, guides and dealership literature including the service book containing 3 stamped entries, the most recent service in 2019 at 1,899 miles. A separate history folder contains Mazda main dealer service checklist and invoice for the previous service as well as the original blue V5 document. There are three Mazda keys and an original Mazda MX-5 Berkeley Limited Edition sales brochure. Preserved to the highest original order and as close to a new MK1 MX-5 as you are ever likely to find, truly outstanding and for the most discerning collector.
MOT May 2022, HPI Clear.