2019 is quite the year for things turning 30: the World Wide Web and the fall of the Berlin Wall might seem like the most obvious 30th anniversaries, but 1989 was also the year Who Framed Roger Rabbit? was released and Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe was born. But these all pale into comparison when you’re reminded that 1989 was also the year the world first laid eyes upon the beautiful Mazda MX-5.

Happy 30th Birthday, Mazda MX-5

It was at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show that Mazda revealed the new two-seater sports car. Three decades, four generations and 1 million sales later, the MX-5 is still beloved by all who’ve had the pleasure of sitting in its cockpit. So to celebrate its 30th birthday, Mazda are releasing an MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition.

Limited to just 3,000 examples, the 30th Anniversary Edition will still be its lightweight, naturally aspirated, rear-drive sports car self, it will just be painted in an eye-catching Racing Orange and come with specially forged Rays ZE40 RS30 wheels and Bilstein suspension (on the manual version only).

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Inside, Mazda is celebrating its birthday with every single upgrade option in its back catalogue. We’re talking Recaro seats, a Bose hi-fi, and Apple and Android phone mirroring. Each of the 3,000 examples also gets a plaque displaying the car’s serial number, whether you opt for the soft-top or folding hard-top RF version.

Prices for the Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition start at £28,095 for the regular convertible and rise to £29,985 for the RF. Deliveries are expected in the summer. Head over to the Mazda Website to find out more info.

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