Mazda MX-5 Mk1 V-Spec: Spotted


Okay, okay, so it's hardly the most original subject for a Spotted, but there's a reason that certain cars are held in such high regard. And here we have an MX-5 which ticks - for me, at least - all the right boxes. It's a Mk.1, the original and best iteration of the iconic roadster, it's unmodded, and it's a V-Spec.

This in itself means many other good things, namely that it has JDM cachet - as the V-Spec was only sold in Japan - that it's British Racing Green with a tan leather interior (again, the best combo) and that it has a limited slip diff as standard. A wooden Nardi steering wheel and gear knob add further retro kudos, as does the illegal-yet-common and seemingly unproblematic modification of a bonnet mounted sticker in lieu of the front licence plate.


With Mk.1 prices inching ever upward, the £3,650 asking price doesn't even seem particularly dear, especially for what seems to be a vee-specially well preserved example. The odometer shows just 67,000 miles, relatively little given the car's 26 year-old status, both the exterior paintwork and interior leather look to be in excellent condition, as do the factory BBS wheels, and it even has the original V-Spec floor mats.

A hardtop is included in the price, although it seems superfluous given the seller's claim that the car has only ever been used on dry days since its arrival in the UK. A statement which also goes some way to explaining its low mileage... A recent service, good amount of history and a fresh, advisory-free MOT complete what looks to be a very compelling package indeed. The thought of being propelled, roof down, through the country lanes on a glorious summer's evening, by the 115 or so horsepower of the 1.6-litre engine almost has me reaching for the phone. Someone else do it before I get myself in trouble!


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SPECIFICATION: MX-5 Mk.1 V-SPEC
Engine:
1,598cc 4-cyl
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Power (hp): 115@6,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 101@5,500rpm
0-60mph: 9.0sec
Top speed: 115mph
Weight: 955kg
First registered: 1992
Recorded miles: 67,000
Price: £3,650

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  • drgoatboy 12 Jun 2018

    Looks nice! Would definitely want a close up of the sills and arches to go and look at it. Shame there is no pictures of the seats too as they tend to get torn and stained quite easily.
    Maybe the wrong wheels and steering wheel for a V-Spec though? I thought V-spec were on Daisies with the lovely thin rimmed wooden Nardi wheel?

  • DeejRC 12 Jun 2018

    JDM cachet?? It’s not some ricer wkfest Skyline or Honda Civic thing you know?!

    The original UK market cars were always seen in higher regard, esp original G and H regs with the original “minilites”.

  • 73RS 12 Jun 2018

    955kg - so wonderfully light!

  • C.A.R. 12 Jun 2018

    DeejRC said:
    JDM cachet?? It’s not some ricer wkfest Skyline or Honda Civic thing you know?!

    The original UK market cars were always seen in higher regard, esp original G and H regs with the original “minilites”.
    The original UK market cars were typically an inferior spec. The reason they were more sought after years ago was that they were generally cheaper to insure - that's it. Many more options were fitted to the JDM imports and they didn't have the raised suspension seen on UK cars either. Also what UK cars came with Minilites from the factory? Not to be confused with the standard 'Daisy' wheels?

    Seeking out a JDM car not only means they're less likely to be a complete rust bucket (although that depends on when they were imported and how well they've been looked after) but often that you'll get extra bits like Bilstein suspension, LSD, interior trim differences etc.

    I sold my 1.8 S-Special Type II (yep, that didn't fit on the bootlid badge) for £3,300 7 years ago because it was truly mint and had lots of parts thrown in. Still the best car I've ever owned but with 2 kids nowadays it's a distant memory!

  • MRichards99 12 Jun 2018

    C.A.R. said:
    DeejRC said:
    JDM cachet?? It’s not some ricer wkfest Skyline or Honda Civic thing you know?!

    The original UK market cars were always seen in higher regard, esp original G and H regs with the original “minilites”.
    The original UK market cars were typically an inferior spec. The reason they were more sought after years ago was that they were generally cheaper to insure - that's it. Many more options were fitted to the JDM imports and they didn't have the raised suspension seen on UK cars either. Also what UK cars came with Minilites from the factory? Not to be confused with the standard 'Daisy' wheels?

    Seeking out a JDM car not only means they're less likely to be a complete rust bucket (although that depends on when they were imported and how well they've been looked after) but often that you'll get extra bits like Bilstein suspension, LSD, interior trim differences etc.

    I sold my 1.8 S-Special Type II (yep, that didn't fit on the bootlid badge) for £3,300 7 years ago because it was truly mint and had lots of parts thrown in. Still the best car I've ever owned but with 2 kids nowadays it's a distant memory!
    Agreed, the UK cars are no longer the cars to have if you're planning to drive it (though I guess will still fetch the biggest money when Mk1's become really collectable?). Less likely to be dying from rot too and have LSDs and everything else.

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