The trouble with MX-5S is that it would be great to have one of each generation. And plenty of people end up with more than one example of the generation that they do have. It’s an addictive little car in that way and often leads to animated discussions in your own head about how you can justify the purchase of another one that’s probably not that different to the one you’ve already got.
But hey, don’t let that put you off buying your first one: you won’t regret it and it’ll brighten up every journey you make, starting from when you open the curtains and spot it outside. And if you’ve got kids, then few things can more quickly elevate a parent to hero status than taking them out in a sports car. Of course, if you have two kids then this can create problems, but this is where the notion of having more than one MX-5 can take root and flourish.
Quite apart from the fun you’ll get from driving on even the most mundane of roads, MX-5 ownership instantly qualifies your for membership of one of the largest and friendliest car communties in the world. No matter what generation you buy, there’s no snobbery attached to the MX-5, and even if you don’t sign up for, say, the MX-5 Owners Club (though we reckon you should), other owners will come over for a chat when they see you and help you out of a jam if you’re stuck.
The various forums and Facebook pages are awash with useful information and friendly advice, and no one is going to judge you if you ask a question you’re convinced has been asked a thousand times before – you’ll likely be steered towards some forum threads that will provide you with all the answers you need, and more.
One of the other great things about the MX-5 – well, the first three generations especially, and increasingly now the mk4 – is that it’s so easy to personalise. And there’s a huge range of options for doing so.you can do little things like change the gearknob and handbrake lever, or fit bits of bling, or you can go bananas and enhance the performance of every area of your car, right through to installing a turbocharger or swapping the engine for a V6 or V8. Or you can do none of the above and be content to keep your MX-5 original and shiny.whatever makes you happy.
In common with so many mk1s, our photographic car has been subject to many subtle modifications. Our thanks to owner Simon Perrin for bringing it along on the day.
Our thanks to Steve Goodchild of the Richard Nash Group in Norwich for coming to the rescue with a mk4 at the 11th hour! This 1.5 Arctic is now sold, but check out richardnash.co.uk for other examples.
This gleaming mk3 belongs to Bill Medlows, a member of the Eastern Region, Cambridgeshire Area of the MX5OC.
This body-kitted and modified mk2 belongs to MX5OC Norfolk area co-ordinator, Paul Goode. Along with mk1 owner Simon, Paul’s also an active member of the Norfolk Fives group.