Mazda presented a commemorative version of the MX-5


Revealed at the Chicago Motor Show, the limited-run model benefits from a striking Racing Orange body paint, contrasting the forged aluminium Rays wheels developed exclusively for the model. Over the past three decades, the Japanese automaker has sold more than 1 million examples of its little sports vehicle, but the serialized Anniversary Edition will be limited to just 3,000 soft-tops and hardtops worldwide.

Apart from special colors and wheels, MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition will also feature orange Brembo brake calipers up front and matching Nissin brake calipers at the rear. This strikingly vivid color pays homage to the yellow MX-5 Miata Club Racer that also debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show.

The Mazda MX-5 is 30 years old this year, and Mazda are celebrating with an MX-5 30th Anniversary model with orange everything.

Amazingly, it's 30 years since the MX-5 was launched in 1989, and Mazda weren't going to let that pass without an anniversary model. There's also a special build number plaque and some orange highlights inside and out. And the models equipped with the manual box get Bilstein dampers as well. Mazda Australia has confirmed that it will import just 30 units, which will be offered to customers on a "first come, first served basis", with potential buyers to be reached out to via email.

Mazda took the wraps off the third-generation MX-5 in 2005, the NC. However, its 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G makes use of the new-for-2019 improvements bringing its output to 181hp and 151lbft of torque. The starting MSRP for a soft top, manual auto is $34,995.

While never a major seller, the pint-sized two-seater also known as the MX-5 captured the hearts - and checkbooks - of those who wanted something that put the emphasis on pure driving fun, inspiring a wave of imitations from Mazda's Japanese, German and US rivals.