By Author: Thomas L Bryant, Hardbound, 160 Pages, ISBN: 9780760346433, Published, 2014
A fitting 25 year tribute to a classic relatively recent sportscar .
The revolutionary Mazda MX-5 Miata revitalized a virtually dead traditional sports car market when introduced in 1989 and went on to become the bestselling sports car of all time, selling over a million units worldwide to date. Customers proved that they hadn't lost their desire for simple, lightweight two-seat convertibles; they had simply lost their desire for unreliable, archaic European anachronisms that caught on fire as part of their charm. Mazda took the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout of traditional British and Italian roadsters such as the Triumph Spitfire, MGB, Fiat 124 Sport Spider, Alfa Romeo Spider, and Lotus Elan and created what many consider the perfect sports car.
From the get-go, the MX-5 won universal acclaim, including awards such as Wheels Magazine's Car of the Year for 1989 and 2005 and Sports Car International's "best sports car of the 1990s" and "ten best sports cars of all time." The Miata has also made Car and Driver magazine's annual Ten Best list 14 times. In its December 2009 issue, Grassroots Motorsports magazine named the Miata
the most important sports car built during the previous 25 years.
Mazda MX-5 Miata: Twenty-Five Years is a handsomely illustrated coffee table book celebrating the first quarter-century of this groundbreaking car, a car that not only redefined a genre of vehicles