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An early and collectable UK Mazda MX-5 with just 16,914 miles from new.
Laminated windscreen, tinted glass, retractable halogen headlamps, bright finish door handles, colour coded bumpers, outer mirrors and mud guards, manual folding black canvas soft top, rear tonneau, power assisted steering, side impact beams, suspension brace bar, power windows, tachometer, leather steering wheel and gearknob gaiter, bucket seats, Clarion CRH60 radio cassette, interior light, map light, cigar lighter and ashtray, locking glovebox, locking centre storage box. Dealer accessories; Tailored MX5 carpet mats.
This delightful, early and unmolested UK Mazda MX-5 is finished in rare Crystal White, (Code U C), which looks fantastic contrasting against the black hood and boasts brilliant uniform shine. Only very minor age-related chips and touched in markings can be seen upon scrutiny, not detracting from the overall excellent appearance. A welcome absence of excess applied underseal allows easy inspection of the very good underside condition and all factory stickers remain affixed to the door apertures. All trim, exterior rubbers, glass, lights and badges are in brilliant order, even down to the front nearside Mazda bumper sticker, an item lost on many examples. Supplying Mazda Main Dealer number plates front and rear remain fitted and Mazda MX5 Owners Club stickers are proudly attached to the front screen. The black canvas hood is immaculate with the fully intact factory fitted Perspex rear screen. An instant success from Mazda upon UK launch in 1990, this 1990 built example is one of the very first and will delight the collector and enthusiast alike.
Trimmed in the standard Black Cloth upholstery this interior remains precisely as Mazda intended, and everything is co-ordinated perfectly. The high-backed seats offer great comfort and support, and show virtually no aging to the fabric. The seat structure including the bolsters are firm and retain correct shape. The classic sports dashboard houses a cluster of crystal-clear instruments that function precisely as does the factory fitted Clarion CRH60 radio cassette. The original leather trimmed steering wheel with white stitching is fully intact and just a very small seam split to the driver’s door inner handle is worthy of mention. The tonneau cover and original wheel brace, jack and toolkit are all present. Even the factory supplied touch up paint tins have been kept and the original sticker remains attached to the boot carpet! The no frills driver focused concept perfected by Mazda is simply wonderful, and this example upholds that notion exactly.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
To experience driving a low mileage and unspoilt Mk1 MX-5 is a true motoring delight. The lightweight 1.6 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. With 114bhp available, a top speed of 121mph and 0-60mph time of 8.7 seconds is achieved. A Mazda MX5 Owners Club and specialist recommended stainless steel exhaust rear section has been fitted and it sounds subtle yet superb! The engine bay is very clean with all factory plates and stickers intact, including the often-lost bonnet underside stickers. Even factory wax has been preserved! The truly delightful close ratio five speed gearbox provides short and positive gear changes. Huge grin motoring guaranteed!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This unmodified example retains its factory fitted 14 x 5.5j alloy wheels and correct Mazda centre caps, affectionately known as the ‘Daisy’ style. The wheels are in excellent order with only a few faint markings to the outer edge, barely visible. Premium brand Michelin 185/60R14 tyres fitted show ample tread remaining. The space saver spare tyre is the factory supplied Bridgestone which has the coloured banding still visible. Ventilated front and solid rear discs install maximum braking confidence.
Registered on New Year’s Day 1991, this 1990 UK built example was supplied by Mazda Main Dealer, R. Isherwood Ltd of Macclesfield. The vehicle has covered a genuine 16,914 miles from new with just two former keepers, all of whom are traceable in the history file. The Mazda document wallet houses all handbooks, radio guides, manuals and dealership point of sale literature even down to dealership staff business cards. The original stamped service record booklet is present with the last entry in May 2020 at 16,796 miles. This incorporated a full service including a brake fluid change as well as a full cambelt kit. The corresponding service and cambelt change invoice is in the separate history folder along with previous service and maintenance invoices and MOT certificates. Completing the history are three original Mazda keys including the grey master key and there is even an original 1990 Mazda MX5 sales brochure. An exceptional and very sought after Mk1 MX5 whereby the credentials and condition are firmly within premium collector territory.
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