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A stunning Mk1 Mazda MX-5 Berkeley Limited Edition with only 21,541 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, Berkeley carpet mats, Clarion single CD player. Factory options; Colour coded hard top with wall mounting kit and tailored cover.
Number 293/400 has covered a warranted 21,541 miles from new and is preserved in outstanding unspoilt condition. The Sparkle Green metallic paint, (Code 11R), presents in fabulous condition with a stunning deep shine throughout. All bodywork panels are arrow straight and the underside, sills and wheel arches are structurally perfect. 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. A critical eye will notice none other than very light markings to the plastic rear screen and a tiny shallow ding to the nearside front wing. The hugely desirable and expensive factory optional hard top is present with a few tiny marks and comes with the original wall mounting kit and cover for safe storage. One of the best remaining of the original 400 produced.
Standard and unique to the Berkeley Limited Edition is the Black and light Grey leather seat facings with matching light Grey door panels (Code NA3). Commensurate with the low 21,541 miles covered, the interior is beautifully clean and the seats retain correct shape with no damage. Again, absolutely all Berkeley Limited Edition interior features are present including the numbered plaque, (293/400), Momo leather steering wheel and carpet mat set in excellent order. The dashboard wears the original dark Burr wood trim which has discoloured slightly to the edges and further special features such as the suspension brace bar and stainless-steel scuff plates are present with some markings. A marvellous special edition MX-5 interior.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
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. 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 in pristine order with chromed Mazda centre caps. New premium Dunlop 195/50 R15 tyres have been fitted in May 2022 and have covered zero miles. The servo assisted braking system is factory standard and stops the car quickly.
Supplied new by Main Dealer, Hodgson Mazda of Newcastle, the car was registered on the 31st March 1998 making it one of the last Mk1 or NA Series MX-5’s. The car has covered a verified 21,541 miles from new with just two former keepers. The previous owner, Mr Robson, purchased the car in 2010 and is an avid enthusiast and MX-5 Owner’s Club member who recognised the importance of this very special car and knew that preserving such a low mileage example was vital. The original Mazda document wallet holds all handbooks, guides and dealership literature including the service book, and the most recent service was in May 2022 at 21,541 miles along with a cambelt change. A separate large history folder contains service invoices and MOT’s certificates. There are three Mazda keys and an original Mazda MX-5 Berkeley Limited Edition sales brochure. A highly collectible special edition MX-5 preserved to the highest order.
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