Anniversary edition of Mazda MX-5 revealed at Chicago show three decades after original

Three decades ago at the 1989 Chicago Motor Show, covers were lifted on the original Mazda MX-5, which went on to be the world’s best selling roadster. To mark the special occasion, the marque is set to unveil a 30th Anniversary Edition of the MX-5 at the very same place the model was first revealed to the world. It will join a growing collection of unique MX-5 variants created over the years, including the 20th Anniversary model of 2010 and more recent Z-Sport versions.

Mazda claims the special edition “has been created in appreciation of the customers all over the world who have supported the success of the model over the last three decades”. Details of the new car are sketchy, with little more than teaser image released. However, you can expect bespoke paint and wheels, plus an interior that majors on luxury and kit. What isn’t in doubt is the MX-5’s success, with 1,000,000+ units sold globally and over 350,000 sold in Europe alone since 1989.

It’s not hard to see why it’s proved so popular, and even here at evo it often sits in our top ten list of roadsters, sharing space with exotic machinery from the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini. Every generation of the model has provided drivers with plenty of affordable fun, with incremental tweaks across the years bringing us to the 2019 MX-5, which is arguably the best yet. As you’d expect from the Japanese roadster the current model sports playful chassis characteristics, the new 181bhp 2.0-litre four-pot making it even nicer to get behind the wheel of.

Further details for the Anniversary Edition are yet to come, with an abstract teaser image being all we’ve got so far.