1998 Mazda MX-5 Roadster 1.8SE Automatic (Mk2)


  • Desirable 1.8 SE model
  • Less than 18,000 miles
  • Four speed automatic gearbox
  • Superb tan leather interior
  • Immaculate matching tan soft top

The Appeal

In a world in which it is becoming increasingly difficult to enjoy driving, the Mazda MX-5 stands out as a beacon of old fashioned fun.  Conceived to be a modern interpretation of the Lotus Elan it has through four versions proved to be the most reliable and amusing sports car ever made.  It isn’t the most expensive, it isn’t the most powerful, and it certainly isn’t the fastest car on the road, but it has to be the best value when counting smiles per mile.

This second series (NB1) example is unusual in two major respects.  Firstly it has covered less than 18,000 miles (27,959km) and it shows.  Secondly it is an automatic which might not be the driver’s choice but in a car with a rev-happy 1.8 it still delivers the sports car experience, and will be easier to live with in traffic.  Imported into the UK in 2000 it has been well cared for and is in impressive condition both inside and out.

History and Paperwork

  • Manufactured 1998 for Japanese Domestic market
  • First registered in the UK in 2000
  • Purchased by the second UK Owner in August 2018 at approx 26,700 miles
  • Current MoT valid to November 2023
  • V5c in last private owner’s name
  • Used sparingly for shows, member of MX5 Owner’s Club
  • DVLA MoT history back to 2005 @ 24,000 km
  • Invoices for regular care and maintenance
  • Two invoices for recent Services - May 2020 @ 27,450km Kwik Fit and June 2021 @27,702km Hendy Ford
  • Various old MoT certificates verify mileage
  • Mazda MX-5 Owner’s manual

The Interior

  • Tan leather seats and matching carpets
  • Both seats in excellent condition (slight wear on driver’s side bolster)
  • Exceptionally clean tan carpets throughout
  • Clean undamaged black fascia and dash top
  • All gauges in perfect condition, functioning correctly with no warning lights
  • Nardi wood rimmed steering wheel and handbrake
  • Clarion Radio Cassette with optional boot mounted 6 disc CD changer
  • Air conditioning
  • Excellent tan door panels with Bose speakers
  • Tan soft top in immaculate condition, stows and erects correctly
  • Heated glass rear screen
  • Small fold up wind deflector behind seats
  • Optional Roadster door sill plates
  • Clean and tidy boot with grey carpet
  • Boot floor corrosion free and dry
  • All tools, jack and spare wheel correctly stowed
  • Overall an excellent and original interior with virtually no wear

The Exterior

  • Excellent Twilight Blue Mica paint with a good shine
  • Minor stone chips to nose and one minor dent on bonnet
  • All glass and lenses in great condition 
  • 15 inch aftermarket wire wheels in excellent condition, no damage
  • Lightly worn matching set of Pirelli Cinturato P1 tyres
  • Correct badging and trim in good condition
  • In general a presentable and well preserved exterior with no issues

The Mechanics 

  • 1.8 litre 140bhp DOHC 16v engine
  • Four speed automatic gearbox
  • Good oil pressure on tick over
  • Clean and corrosion free underside
  • Exceptionally tidy engine bay with factory fresh appearance
  • Recent service history, just 160 miles covered since last service
  • Drives nicely with plenty of power and smooth gear changes


There aren't too many modern cars which have achieved quite the level of success enjoyed by the MX-5 and for good reason. As a two seat convertible sports car it is a reliable all round package with no real disadvantages.  Adequate rear wheel drive power, automatic gearbox, superlative handling, and a well preserved and comfortable interior will make this lovely MX-5 a very easy car to live with.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1998
  • Make Mazda
  • Model MX-5
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 27,959 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1830
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Horsham
  • Location Sussex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
25 bids
  • morris.•••• £6,200 13/04/23
  • Vijay29•••• £6,100 13/04/23
  • morris.•••• £6,000 13/04/23
  • Vijay29•••• £5,900 13/04/23
  • morris.•••• £5,800 13/04/23
  • Vijay29•••• £5,600 13/04/23
  • Mark12 £5,500 13/04/23
  • Vijay29•••• £5,400 13/04/23
  • morris.•••• £5,300 13/04/23
  • Tonywp1 £5,100 13/04/23

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