Lot 75 (The Pavilion Gardens, 31st October 2012)
Sold for £675
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: J721JCA
Chassis No: NA6CE163541
Mot Expiry: Sept 2013
In a world of increasingly complex motorcars, it is refreshing to note that the remarkably conventional four-cylinder, front-engined, rear-wheel drive MX-5 is the best-selling open-topped two-seater in history - by February 2011, some 900,000 examples had been sold around the world since the model's introduction at the Chicago Motorshow of 1989. Time and again, the motoring press have extolled its handling and roadholding, frequently finding it more fun to drive than cars costing even four times as much. While it is heartening to appreciate that the DNA of such classic British stalwarts as the MGB, Austin Healey Sprite and Lotus Elan is embodied in this Japanese wonder car, it surely also a little sad to consider what an opportunity was missed by the British motor industry.
This right-hand drive 1991 MX5 is no run-of-the-mill example. Imported to the UK in 2001 it is competition prepared and equipped with: a turbocharged 1588cc engine that has just been serviced, Tein suspension, uprated braking system, full roll cage, competition seat and full harness seat belts Finished in Purple with a Black interior, the Mazda is judged by the vendor to have a "good" five speed gearbox, "fair bodywork and interior trim" and "poor" paintwork. Currently displaying 91,000 unwarranted miles, `J721 JCA' is MOT'd into September next year.