Whether you’re old enough to remember them or not, the 1980s were cool. Icons such as Madonna and Prince were at the height of their success and big hair wasn’t just acceptable, it was wholeheartedly encouraged. But on February 10, 1989, something particularly special happened: the Mazda MX-5 made its global debut at the Chicago motor show, giving birth to one of the world’s most successful nameplates ever.
The car that started it all was the first-generation NA Mazda MX-5. Launched locally in October 1989, the original MX-5 notched up 157 registrations by the end of its first month on sale. And the immaculate example pictured here, belonging to Nicholas Bodey from Victoria, is the 38th to have ever arrived.
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