Mazda is not a manufacturer that is regularly associated with producing classic cars.
They produce competent, well built cars for the general populace. However occasionally they produce something special. The rotary vehicles, well up to the last few, some earlier models and perhaps what will become the most lasting classic the MX5.
First released in 1989 the MX5 adhered to the principles of the light weight, well balanced simple sport car from an earlier era.
It was reminiscent of the British sports cars of the 1950s & ’60s, such as the Triumph Spitfire, Austin-Healey 100, MG MGA, and particularly the Lotus Elan.
It became instantly popular.
It wasn’t the fastest, or best handling, it certainly didn’t win stop light derbies.
However when pushed on a twisty road there were few that could debate the dynamism and delight that it provided. It was the personification of a balanced sports car.
Fast forward through to 2017 and about a million cars later, Mazda has introduced the MX5 RF GT version. It could be described as the pinnacle of the development of the classic MX5.