Mazda Motor Corporation surprised the motoring world at the Chicago Auto Show, on February 9, 1989 when it unveiled its cute little MX-5 open top sportscar.

Until that day the general feeling had been that safety regulations meant that it was probably impossible to ever build open top cars again.

Mazda MX-5 proved them wrong and today it’s all but impossible to find an auto maker that doesn’t have open top models in their range.

At the Chicago Auto Show, on February 9, 2019 Mazda Motor Corporation unveiled a 30th Anniversary Edition of the MX-5 – to join the more than a million MX-5s already on the road.

Mazda says the 30th Anniversary Edition is, “To express its gratitude, and its high hopes for the future of the MX-5”

The Anniversary Edition is finished in Racing Orange and features forged alloy wheels (Rays ZE40 RS30) developed exclusively for the MX-5.


Orange is also featured on accents on the brake calipers, vent surrounds, seat piping and stitching; stitching on the steering wheel, door trims, dashboard decoration panel, gear lever and parking brake.

Bilstein dampers further improve road handling. The front brakes are Brembos, the rears Nissin.

Sales will be limited to 3000 units worldwide, including both soft-top and retractable hardtop. Each will have a “30th Anniversary” build plate ornament with a serial number.

Australia will receive an allocation of just 30 soft-top models. Based on the 2.0-litre roadster GT they are aimed at keen drivers so will all have a six-speed manual gearbox.

They won’t be imported until the second half of the year. Price is yet to be finalised but we anticipate it will be in the high $40K driveaway range.


Mazda Australia says they “Will be offered to Mazda’s loyal MX-5 customers on a first come first served basis, communicated via eDM.”

It might be an idea to pick up that phone and dial your favourite Mazda dealer asap.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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