The Mazda MX-5 (known as EUNOS Roadster in Japan) was introduced in 1989 – designed as a lightweight open-2 seater rear wheel drive sports car. With its rather compact body and manual soft-top – it weighed in at 950kg. In 1994, the MX-5 housed a larger 1.8L engine and increased overall weight to 990 kg – however the added weight did not affect the MX-5 significantly due to the power increase to 130hp.
In the early 1990s, Mazda launched an internal ‘skunkworks’ brand simply named ‘M2 Inc.’ – aka Mazda 2 Incorporated. Whereas Mazda had its own in-house tuning division in the form of Mazdaspeed, M2 took it a step further: aiming to be a more bespoke, direct-to-customer option for Mazda customers to be able to have a say in the development of future Mazda models. Customers could offer feedback that could potentially influence models that would be brought to production. To emphasise the direct relationship M2 wanted to form, customers could even visit designated showrooms to view M2 concept cars in person and talk with the brand’s in-house ‘residence team’ composed of M2 engineers and designers to brainstorm ideas. This approach was not solely for customers to have a say in developing Mazda models to their liking – M2 from a corporate perspective, aimed to provide a way Mazda could perform direct market research; noting existing customer trends and wishes based on M2 interactions with customers, to focus where the brand itself should go next when developing future models. M2 Inc. by Mazda ran from 1991 to 1995 – producing 300 variants of the MX5 Roadster (Miata), consisting of the MX5 M2-1001, MX5 M2-1002, and MX5 M2-1028 respectively. M2 Inc. also produced several prototypes based on existing Mazda products – including a variant of the AutoZam AZ-1 Kei-car (M2 1015) and RX7 FD3S (M2 1020), as well as two other MX5 concept cars (M2 1006 & 1008).
Featured here is a 1993 Mazda MX-5 M2-1028 ‘Street Competition’, finished in Brilliant Black with a Black interior. As an M2-1028 ‘Street Competition’ model, this MX-5 NA8C is a more track-focused version of the roadster: featuring the 1.8L four-cylinder engine with upgraded pistons, camshafts and other tuning enhancements to make 142 hp. Additional changes exclusive to the M2-1028 also included lightened side door mirrors, aluminium ‘ducktail’ rear trunk lid with integrated spoiler (weighing 7.7lbs compared to a standard MX5 NA’s at 15.5 lbs), a centre-less console, racing bucket seats, MOMO steering wheel, aluminium shock tower brace, special front & rear lip spoilers, front-mounted tow hook, manual steering and manually-operated windows, as well as most prominently of all: a six-point roll cage. This example also comes with the optional fibreglass hardtop with a plexiglass rear window. This car was originally imported from Japan to Hong Kong, though no auction sheet detailing its original condition can be provided at this time. Aside from a set of RS Watanabe wheels and a carbon fibre dashboard installed on this example, no other modifications have been done to this car – all of the M2 exclusive parts and running gear have been preserved (the original dashboard will be provided to the next keeper). The current (and first owner in Hong Kong) acquired this car around five years ago as a collectable asset – only driving it roughly three to four times per year, and has kept it stored in an underground parking lot throughout their ownership. All of the regular maintenance and services has been taken care of by the same garage in Hong Kong. This MX-5 M2-1028 has had zero previous owners in Hong Kong and the current road licence is valid until 26th February, 2023.
The original Brilliant Black paint finish on this MX-5 M2-1028 is in excellent condition. Both front and rear bumpers and the side portions are free of any damage. Both headlights, tail lights, and side indicators illuminate normally and none show any cloudiness on their lenses – the headlights function as they should when raised and lowered. Both doors, the bonnet and boot open and close shut without any problems – no rust or patina was found on any of their hinges or latches. Both exterior door handles and door mirrors are free of any imperfections. The hardtop fibreglass roof is fully intact – both the body panels and plexiglass window do not have any visible damage (this fixed roof is fully removable via individual bolts that hold it in place). The roll-cage, specially designed for the M2-1028 is fully intact with no patina or corrosion found on any of its portions. All of the exterior badges – from the Mazda logos to the M2-1028 exclusive metal emblems are fully intact with none showing any surface wear. The exhaust tip is free of any patina or holes. A subtle scuff mark was noted on the front passenger side Watanabe wheel, but this imperfection can be easily remedied with a refurbishment – the rest of the black Watanabe wheels are in excellent condition with no kerb rash or major surface damage.
Interior and Trim
Look inside and a classic MX5 NA interior, sporting the M2-exclusive touches to reinforce this car’s focus for track use greets the occupants. Both sport bucket seats are in excellent condition with no severe tears or signs of wear in their cloth upholstery – they firmly hold the occupants in place. The leather gear knob and handbrake cover are fully intact. Both side door panels and door sills are free of any surface damage or wear. The retro-style gauges in the instrument cluster are legible and relay their information as they should. All of the interior buttons and controls feel solid to touch and none show any severe surface wear. The Pioneer ‘Carrozzeria’ audio head unit works normally as it should.
Engine and Running Gear
Starting up the 1.8L four-cylinder engine, it springs to life with an energetic engine note – making the driver well aware of this car’s eagerness and spirit. Compared to a standard MX-5 NA – this M2-1028 is quicker to get up to speed and has a higher torque band towards the top end; thanks to the additional tuning and adjustments done by M2. Combined with the additional weight saving, this roadster feels even more lively and energetic to drive hard as intended with communication with the driver enhanced with its manual steering. The 5-Speed manual transmission engages all of its gears swiftly and smoothly. As expected of an MX5, the driver is fully in tandem with this roadster’s handling and driving characteristics – the additional chassis rigidity and enhancements done by M2 can be felt through this car’s chassis through any degree of corners at any speed. With only 300 examples ever made under Mazda’s short-lived M2 brand, this is a rare opportunity to acquire one of these specially enhanced MX5s born out of Mazda’s experimental stage in the 1990s – exclusively available at the Car Farm.
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