Mazda Motor Corporation unveiled the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show to celebrate 30 years of MX-5. Sales were limited to 3,000 units worldwide including both the soft-top and RF retractable hardtop models. The MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition features an exclusive “Racing Orange” colour coordination as well as some major performance upgrades.
Featured here is a 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition, finished in Racing Orange with a Black interior – originally sold for the UK market. It is the 138th of the 3000 total units Mazda built. The owner personally bought it from an auction in UK and imported it to Hong Kong in 2021. Being as a UK version of the 30th Anniversary Edition, it has a 2.0-liter inline-4 Skyactiv engine paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox, fully loaded with options such as the 17-inch Rays forged wheels, Brembo front brakes with orange-painted calipers, Limited-slip differential, leather and alcantara upholstery with orange stitching, heated Recaro sport seats, Bose sound system, Bilstein shock absorbers. The car is in completely stock condition and no modification was made to it. It has been under the love of a mature Mazda enthusiast, well maintained and serviced throughout its lifetime. All service was done only by Mazda Hong Kong. The car is in mint condition. It has a reported mileage of 11,871miles (19,104km) and 0 previous owner. Its road license is valid until 16th March 2024.
Upon visual inspection, we were pleased to find that the exterior of this MX5 was meticulously looked after during its most life in Hong Kong – the Racing Orange paint finish is just like new with no scratches, dents, or imperfections to report of. The front grille is fully intact with no damage on its trim pieces. All the badges – include the Mazda emblems, car number badge and the ‘Skyactiv technology’ badge on the rear are in excellent condition. Both LED front and rear lights are fully operational without any issues. Both doors, the front hood and rear trunk lid open and close without any faults. All four original 17-inch Rays forged wheels have no kerb rash or patina visible on their metallic grey finish. The manually operated soft top roof opens and closes without any resistance and locks into place on the windshield without issues – the roof itself is fully intact on all its surfaces. The exhaust tip is in excellent condition with no damage.
Interior and Trim
A look inside and a compact, minimalist interior greets the occupants. Kept to the basic, essential functions, it’s clear that this MX5 is focused on the driving experience as previous generations have done. Both heated Recaro sport seats hug the occupants tightly with only a bit of surface wear on the driver seat bolster. The dashboard and trim are all fully intact with no scratches or imperfections on their surfaces. The side door panels are free of any damage – as are the plastic side door sills and rubber trim. The leather steering wheel has no wear on its surface and all its buttons work normally. The 6-speed leather gear knob and shift boot are in excellent condition with no wear on any of them. All the switchgear and controls – from the audio system knobs to the side stalks feel solid to touch and none have been worn down significantly. The 7” touchscreen display operates perfectly without any colour missing. All the interior electrics function as they should.
Engine and Running Gear
Press the keyless engine start button and the 2.0L inline-four cylinder engine starts up with a clear and energetic exhaust note. The engine bay itself is in excellent condition with no visible patina on any of the components. The gearbox is very accurate, as expected of a MX5, making each change of the gear a fun and engaging experience. The steering has plenty of feedback and thanks to this roadster’s low centre of gravity and curb weight, this MX5 feels confident to push hard and remains planted to the ground through the corners – aided especially by its Bilstein suspension installed on this 30th anniversary edition example. The factory upgraded brake system is responsive to use and provide plenty of stopping power to bring this 30AE MX-5 to a prompt halt. This Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition is all about the bond between the driver, the car and the road. With its exclusivity, it is one of the best sports cars money can buy – available here only at the Car Farm.
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