Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Revealed In Chicago

A special badge with the production number keeps track of which is which, and each vehicle will come, too, with Rays ZE40 RS30 forged aluminum wheels and Recaro seats. The new Racing Orange paint was developed specifically for the 30th Anniversary Edition Miata, and Mazda says it "represents sunrise and anticipation" and "evokes the breaking dawn of an exciting new day".

February in Chicago isn't normally what you'd call convertible season, but on a cold and blustery morning nearly 30 years ago to the day, Mazda took ragtop fans and, indeed, the rest of the auto industry, by surprise with the debut of the original Miata roadster.

And getting your hands on one will be even trickier, that is unless you are one of Mazda's loyal MX-5 owners who will be contacted via e-mail and given first preference on a "first come first served basis".

Mazda is celebrating the 30th anniversary of what is known as the world's most popular open-top sports auto.

Jeremy Thomson, Mazda Motors UK managing director, said: "In the three decades since the launch of the original model over 130,000 Mazda MX-5s have been sold in the UK". Those brakes are set behind a unique set of dark-finish, 17-inch Rays wheels, and cars equipped with a manual transmission get Bilstein dampers for improved handling. The vitamin C theme extends inside with orange trim gracing the seats, door cards, dash, and shift knob. A Bose sound system is also along for the ride, and the Mazda Connect infotainment system has both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard.

Each auto will be individually numbered, and reservation holders will be able to select their number out of 3,000, unless it's already taken.

Like all 2019 Miata's, the 30th Anniversary Edition relies on a 181-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for motivation. The roof on RF is painted Racing Orange, while the soft top will feature a black cloth top. There are more than 1 million examples of the MX-5 out there in the wild, including various special edition limited run models in the past.

Vanessa Coleman