In 1976, a gaping hole in the national psyche had emerged; industrial decline was in full swing and with it the demise of the Legendary British Roadster. The Triumph Spitfire, Lotus Elan and Jaguar E type, were gone over night. Bob Hall, the MX5’s visionary, petitioned Mazda’s Kenichi Yamamoto that he be responsible for creating its replacement. The result in 1989 was the dazzling and cheeky 2 seat sports car.
Now in its 4th incarnation the Mazda MX5 has developed a committed owners club following. Sold in the UK as the MX5 or imported from Japan as the Eunos Roadster, we have been insuring these cars for so long that many of our customers now qualify for discounted classic car insurance.
We can craft an insurance policy to take into account any modified MX5. Our modified MX5 insurance policy covers a range of modifications, from body work to spoilers and customisations. We have been providing Mazda MX5 car insurance for over 20 years so please do call for a quote.
The MX5 frequently tops lists of the most fun and economical cars; making the MX5 MK 4 a great choice for real drivers. It weighs 100 Kg less than its predecessor, unveiled on September the 3rd 2014. It arrived in the UK in time for the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where audiences were impressed with the bold new styling choices and its aggressive front end.
The specs on the MK 4 have been refined, the entry level 1.5 Litre MX5 engine delivers 129BHP, 5 more than the equivalent MK 3. It accelerates 0-60 in 8.0 secs, 1.6 seconds faster than the MX5 3rd generation. Despite reduced fuel capacity the cars improved efficiency means the 4th generation has the longest range of any MX5 yet. It remains a purist roadster, offering an authentic driving experience and affordable premiums.
Mazda introduced the third generation in 2005. The car was popular from the get go, restoring the popularity of the Mazda MX5 in light of the comparatively underwhelmed reception of the MK 2. It became Car of the Year for the first time since 1989.
In July 2006 Mazda launched the hard topped roadster coupe convertible, purists were initially uncertain, but were quickly won over after realising this provided an optimal fix to the soggy experience inside an MX5 soft top during heavy rainfall. At the time it offered an excellent driving experience and improved performance. The generation 3 frequently featured at the top of lists of the best affordable two seater sports cars. With 124 BHP it could accelerate 0-60 in 9.6 secs.
The MK 2 was introduced in 1999, largely as a consequence of the MK 1’s iconic flip up headlights no longer meeting strict new manufacturing regulations. Mazda took the opportunity to drastically revise the MK 2’s styling on both the exterior and interior.
The chassis and platform remained largely unchanged; with the engine receiving a small upgrade. Thankfully, in spite of the changes, the MX5 car remained true to its principles, fun, thrill and driving pleasure. Mazda released the 180bhp turbo charged Mazda speed for the Japanese Market in 2004; this was the base for many modifications done to the MX5 by owners in the UK.
The 1st generation marked the resurgence of driving as escapism. Released at a time of increasing uncertainty, the MX5 proved an instant hit, supply couldn’t keep up. Of the initial production run of 400,000, half ended up on the UK’s roads. Devised as a light weight, 1.6 litre 4 cylinder front engine, convertible 2 seat car, the MX5 was a step back to basics. It got rid of the powered roof, air conditioning, power steering and in the process earned itself the title of the world’s most trouble free sports car.
Despite its minute 115bhp the Mazda MX5 handled like a dream! Power steering and air conditioning became standard in later MK 1 models, as did an engine increase to 1.8 litres giving a further 15bhp. For those in want of more performance Brodie Britain Racing was licensed to create the 1990-1991 Mazda MX5 (BBR) turbo which delivered a superior 150bhp.
Keith Michaels are proud of our Mazda insurance and are pleased to be able to offer classic car insurance to owners of MK 1 Mazda MX5 still on the road today.
Aftermarket modifications are popular amongst Mazda MX5 owners. If you have a modified MX5 we are perfectly positioned to insure your car getting you the best value on your tailored insurance policy.