1997 Mazda MX-5 Classic


  • Super two-seater fun
  • Recent, long MOT
  • Original condition

The Appeal

The Mazda MX-5, a timeless two-seater convertible, boasts a remarkable legacy spanning over 33 years. Renowned for its superb handling, exhilarating driving experience, and budget-friendly pricing, the MX-5 has etched itself as an icon in the automotive world. 

Its punchy performance doesn't compromise its usability, making it a delightful option for both enthusiasts and everyday drivers. The well-designed boot adds a touch of practicality, catering to those who seek a car suitable for daily use. One of the MX-5's charming features is its effortless convertible experience – with a manual roof mechanism, it takes seconds to unclip and fold back. This seamless transition from enclosed to open-top driving enhances the overall joy and convenience of owning this iconic roadster.

This 1997 MX-5 Classic has been in dry storage for the past four years. It underwent an MOT in January, which it passed, and is now ready to be handed over to the next fortunate owner seeking some two-seater summer fun. The car is perfect for the weekend tinkerer who can enjoy applying a few coats of polish and detailing the car ready for the upcoming summer months.

The History and Paperwork

  • V5C is present 
  • Registered 7th November 1997
  • MOT valid until 14th January 2025
  • The MX-5 has been in dry storage for the past four years

The Condition

  • Original condition
  • Finished in Brilliant Black
  • The panels align well with an equal gap 
  • There are some blisters along the edge of the bonnet, a few minor age-related scratches in places, and a small ding on the driver’s side front wheel arch
  • Headlights pop up as they should, and there is no damage to the lenses
  • The windscreen and side windows appear in good condition with no noticeable scratches to mention
  • The roof looks to be in good condition on the outside, and just some minor marks on the underside, which could possibly be cleaned off 
  • Rear light lenses are in good condition with no damage 
  • Original five-spoke alloy wheels have some kerb damage to two of them
  • Tyres are Firestone and Yokohama, which have good tread remaining
  • Factory leather MOMO steering wheel is in good order 
  • Dashboard has no signs of damage but would benefit from a detail
  • The wood trim finish looks to be in good condition
  • The instruments are said to be working correctly 
  • Odometer shows a reading of 55,490 miles
  • The switchgear appears to be in good condition
  • Black leather seats have just a minor patch of colour wear to the driver’s bolster, in keeping with the age and mileage
  • Door cards are in good order with no damage
  • The mats do have some wear and discolouration, but they are an easy item to replace
  • Space saver spare wheel is present 

The Mechanics

  • 1840cc engine
  • Five-speed gearbox 
  • The engine bay is in original condition 
  • There is some surface tarnishing to the aluminium components 
  • The car starts up and runs as it should 
  • No issues have been reported by the vendor with the driving of the MX-5
  • There is some age-related surface corrosion to the suspension arms 
  • The car comes to a stop in a straight line


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A non-refundable deposit will be payable if you are the winning bidder at auction or if your offer is accepted, refer to FAQs and T&Cs for details. 
This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is, Where Is’ basis and without warranty. A full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase and bidding is highly recommended. Photos and descriptions are for guidance purposes only. 
✓ VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final bid or offer price, as specified in the listing. 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1997
  • Make Mazda
  • Model MX-5
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 55,490 Miles
  • Engine size 1840
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Enfield
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
14 bids from 10 bidders
  • Cl•••• £3,000 08/03/24
  • ni•••• £2,900 08/03/24
  • re•••• £2,800 08/03/24
  • Rs•••• £2,700 08/03/24
  • is•••• £2,600 06/03/24
  • ni•••• £2,500 05/03/24
  • mu•••• £2,000 05/03/24
  • ni•••• £1,900 05/03/24
  • ER•••• £1,700 04/03/24
  • ni•••• £1,600 03/03/24
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