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In 2002 I was looking for a car to get me to and from work. Having never had a convertible sports car, I decided that a Mazda MX-5 would be ideal. Looking around various dealers I spotted a 1999 MX-5 10th Anniversary Edition complete with matching hard top. Although more expensive than a new 1.8I Sport, I decided that this 3 year old car with 36,000 miles on the clock was the one for me.
Since 1989 there have been countless special editions available on of which was the 10th Anniversary Edition. In 1999, to celebrated 10 years since the car’s launch Mazda offered a Special edition limited to a run of 7500 world wide. 600 MX 5 10th Anniversary Editions were sold in the UK. Based on the standard 1.8I, this special edition featured ‘Innocent Blue’ mica paintwork with a blue vinyl hood, 15 inch polished alloys with low profile tyres, black leather with blue alcantara upholstery, two-tone Nardi steering wheel, a six-speed manual gearbox, limited slip differential and Bilstein shock absorbers. Each car bore a badge on the wing with its unique build number. In the UK, the 10th Anniversary Edition carried a price tag of £21,100.
To say this car was fun to drive would be an understatement. It handled like a dream, returned reasonable MPG and was completely reliable. The hard top was essential for winter months, although storing it in the summer was a bit of a bind. One thing I would have like the car to have was air-conditioning. On more than one occasion I found it too hot to driver with the roof off (the sun burning my head), yet too stuffy to drive with the roof up!
One day in 2005 disaster struck. While at work a delivery driver caught the front wing of the Mazda, while it was parked up. The car was repaired at a local approved body shop but even though I had protected no claims, and I wasn’t at fault, the insurance company decided to put my premium up by a substantial amount!
When I got a company car the Mazda MX-5 was only used on high days and holidays and some years only did 300 miles between MoTs. I couldn’t really use it much more as a back injury made getting in and out almost impossible. It seemed a waste to see her just sat there so reluctantly I trade her in for my first 300C.