The little Mazda MX-5 Miata turns twenty-five years old tomorrow. That’s right, the world’s most popular roadster was introduced on February 8, 1989 and is now a quarter century old.
From the day it was introduced, the Miata has been a popular, fun little car. It has a rabid fan base of loyal followers, some of the most active user forums on the Internet, and is one of the most talked-about cars in the automotive press. It’s won more than 200 awards, sold just shy of a million units globally, and is the most-often weekend road racer of any other car model. It even rests in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Best-Selling Two-Seater Sports Car.
The car personifies Mazda’s Zoom Zoom philosophy and is, at its heart, just pure driving enjoyment. Sure, there are Porsches, Alfas, and other fast cars with two seats, but none are as purist towards the “have fun; no really, have fun” ideal that the MX-5 exudes.
Mazda is asking all Miata fans to wish the car a happy birthday with the Twitter hashtag #MX5Turns25.
The Mazda MX-5 is currently on its third-generation, the first-generation lasting from 1989 to 1999 before being updated to the second-generation, which stayed the course until 2005 when the current-generation MX-5 Miata was introduced. Rumors abound that a new update is on the way.
You can view the Miata’s new 25th anniversary website by clicking here.