Mazda MX-5 NA - today's tempter
Future classic? Probably
Before you get too excited, we're not predicting you'll ever make your fortune holding on to a Mazda MX-5, even if it is a first model. It's probably going to end up sitting in a similar position to where an MGB does today - great fun, engaging, a treasured classic but, mostly, not worth huge amounts of money. That's in part thanks to the big numbers sold worldwide.
For Mazda's MX-5, its very success means there is ample supply and - perhaps with the exception of very rare variants - is unlikely to ever be regarded as a hugely valuable investment vehicle. In fact, that would miss the whole point.
What they are is a relatively cheap (on the used market) and cheerful ragtop sports car. A basic front-engine rear-wheel-drive platform, they steer nicely and have enough performance to keep you interested through a set of curves.
They're also incredibly tough. We know of 300,000km-plus examples that are just fine, so long as they're maintained.
If you had half a mind towards collectibility, you want the NA or first version. That's what this is, a 1989 model with a relatively modest 152,000km showing on the odometer. The Queensland owner suggests it's had a fair bit of care thrown at it and is asking $8500.
We've got an extensive library of MX-5 articles - have a look here.
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