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Mazda MX-5 at 30: a modern classic you should buy right now

Classic & Sports Car Logo By Greg MacLeman of Classic & Sports Car | Slide 1 of 19: Many of history’s best-loved classics weren’t always adored. In fact, plenty were slated at launch – only coming good, like coal to diamonds, through the passing of time.

Not so the MX-5. A legend in its own lifetime, the Japanese roadster won the public’s love from the moment it first appeared at the Chicago Motor show in 1989. And it’s easy to see why: the humble Miata is design perfection.

Thirty years later and its popularity is as strong as ever. Now the best-selling roadster model of all time, the marque has shifted more than a million units – some 431,000 of which were Mk1 machines.

Which is excellent news, because the Mk1 is still one of the best modern classics you can buy for less than £5k. Or even £10k. Or even more. Here’s why – and how to choose a good one.

Doing featherweight fun better than the Brits since 1989

Many of history’s best-loved classics weren’t always adored. In fact, plenty were slated at launch – only coming good, like coal to diamonds, through the passing of time. Not so the MX-5. A legend in its own lifetime, the Japanese roadster won the public’s love from the moment it first appeared at the Chicago Motor show in 1989. And it’s easy to see why: the humble Miata is design perfection. Thirty years later and its popularity is as strong as ever. Now the best-selling roadster model of all time, the marque has shifted more than a million units – some 431,000 of which were Mk1 machines. Which is excellent news, because the Mk1 is still one of the best modern classics you can buy for less than £5k. Or even £10k. Or even more. Here’s why – and how to choose a good one.
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