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An early and highly collectable UK Mazda MX-5 with just 25,806 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 gear knob gaiter, bucket seats, Clarion CRH-70 radio cassette, interior light, map light, cigar lighter and ashtray, locking glovebox, locking centre storage box. Dealer accessories; Tailored MX5 carpet mats, chrome vent surrounds.
This factory original, early and unmolested UK Mazda MX-5 is finished in stunning Classic Red, (Code SU), which looks fantastic and boasts brilliant uniform shine and deep polished finish. The original panels are pin straight and the amazing condition extends to perfectly preserved sills and rear wheel arches still showing defined spot weld dimples. The excellent underside condition is a welcome sight and all factory stickers remain affixed to the door apertures. Factory glass has MX5 Club stickers attached, all easily removed. All trim, exterior rubbers, glass, lights and badges are in brilliant order, even down to the front nearside Mazda bumper sticker only fitted to early cars and lost on many examples. Supplying Mazda Main Dealer number plates front and rear remain fitted including the front registration number sticker that was fitted as standard to only the earliest examples. There are no number plate holes in the front bumper. The black canvas hood is immaculate with the fully intact factory fitted Perspex rear screen perfectly clear. An instant success from Mazda upon UK launch in 1990, this very early example is one of the first and will delight the collector wanting the purist version.
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. The classic sports dashboard houses a cluster of crystal-clear instruments that function precisely as does the factory removable Clarion CRH-70 radio cassette. The original leather trimmed steering wheel with white stitching is fully intact. Dealer accessory chrome vent bezels have been fitted. The original wheel brace, jack and toolkit are all present, as is the tonneau cover for which even the storage bag has been kept. The no frills driver focused concept perfected by Mazda is simply wonderful, and this example upholds that notion perfectly.
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. The factory exhaust system with OEM stampings to the silencer and bright exhaust tip spot welded to the exit pipe remains fitted and in excellent condition. The engine bay is very clean with all factory plates and stickers intact, including the often-lost bonnet underside stickers. The thrilling close ratio five speed gearbox provides short and positive gear changes. Huge grin motoring guaranteed!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This unmodified example has its factory fitted 14 x 5.5j alloy wheels and correct Mazda centre caps, affectionately known as the ‘Daisy’ style. The wheels have never been refurbished and retain the correct textured inner spoke finish and clearly defined stampings. All rims are in excellent order with only a few faint markings, barely visible. Brand new Premium brand Dunlop SportBluResponse 185/60R14 tyres have just been fitted in February 2022. The unused space saver spare tyre still has the coloured banding visible. Ventilated front and solid rear discs install maximum braking confidence.
Registered new on 11th April 1991, this early build UK example was supplied by Main Dealer, Lodge Garage Aylesbury Mazda. The first owner, Mr Davies, purchased the car and was offered the choice of either a front registration number sticker applied to the nosecone which was standard or an optional number plate and plinth. Mr Davies chose the sticker which still remains applied today! Mr Davies sold the car after 19 years of ownership at which point it had covered just 6,631 miles and an email in the history file confirms as such. Having the purchased the car from the latest owner, KGF Classic Cars contacted the first owner and spoke to with him about the car whereby he was pleased to hear how well cared for it remained and how low the mileage still is. His personalised plate is still fitted to the car.
The vehicle has covered a genuine 25,806 miles from new with full comprehensive service history to fully verify the mileage. The Mazda document wallet houses all handbooks, radio guides, manuals and dealership point of sale literature and the original service record booklet is present. An invoiced cambelt and water pump change was carried out at 22,490 miles and the cambelt was further inspected and adjusted in November 2021 at 25,670 miles, all completed by Mazda MX-5 specialists. A large folder contains Mazda Main Dealer and specialist service and maintenance invoices as well as previous MOT certificates. Completing the history is both original Mazda keys with supplying dealer fob and there is even an original January 1991 Mazda MX-5 sales brochure. An exceptional and sought after Mk1 MX5 whereby the credentials and condition are firmly within premium collector territory wanting the purist version.
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