In­stant clas­sic

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On Road -

ALIM­ITED-EDI­TION MX-5 two-seater with stiffer sus­pen­sion and cos­metic up­dates could be­come a clas­sic, ac­cord­ing to Mazda Aus­tralia.

Only 200 of the MX-5 Spe­cial Edi­tion mod­els are avail­able here and 3660 around the world with 2500 in Europe, 750 to US, 200 to Canada and 10 to New Zealand.

Mazda Aus­tralia spokesman Steve Mciver says the rar­ity of the ve­hi­cle should en­sure good re­sale val­ues. ‘‘In gen­eral the MX-5 is a clas­sic,’’ he says.

His opin­ion is backed by Shan­nons In­surance state busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Phil Ross.

‘‘The Mazda MX-5 is ob­vi­ously a very pop­u­lar road­ster, hav­ing sold 900,000 world­wide, so as a fu­ture clas­sic you need to look at the spe­cial mod­els that have been of­fered,’’ he says.

‘‘In 2001, an MX-5 SP won the show­room class at Targa Tas­ma­nia. The SP ver­sion was 1.8 litre turbo and is a col­lectable car in Aus­tralia to­day, and hard to find. The new spe­cial-edi­tion 2011 Mazda MX5, with only 200 ear­marked for Aus­tralia, we could be look­ing at an­other sought-af­ter ver­sion.

‘‘The low num­bers will prob­a­bly pro­vide a slower rate of de­pre­ci­a­tion.’’

The MX-5 Spe­cial Edi­tion ar­rives at $47,200 which is no ex­tra cost on the stan­dard coupe.

How­ever, the Spe­cial Edi­tion also in­cludes stiffer Bil­stein-tuned sus­pen­sion with strut tower bar in the same fin­ish as the 17-inch al­loys, new ex­te­rior colours, chrome in­te­rior ac­cents and grey leather seats, steer­ing wheel and hand­brake with high­light stitching.

Mciver says the ve­hi­cle was made avail­able by head of­fice.

‘‘Oc­ca­sion­ally they make a spe­cial edi­tion and we de­cided we liked the look and the sus­pen­sion – and thought it would be a good op­tion for peo­ple look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent,’’ he says. ‘‘Our prod­uct boys did their sums and came up with the spe­cial of­fer. If it was on­go­ing pro­duc­tion we couldn’t of­fer these prices.’’

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