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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 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 richard­ 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.

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