1991 Mazda MX5 Le Mans Special Edition
In celebration of Mazda’s historic and unexpected win at the 1991 Le Mans 24 hour race a special version of the firm’s hugely successful and very capable MX5 sports convertible was announced to mark this success.
Just 24 cars were to be made available to order from the 15th August 1991, they featured an ultimate specification, most notably duotone red and green bodywork with decals following the livery of the victorious Mazda 787B sports racer. Each vehicle was fitted with the BBR Turbo Kit that greatly increased the performance with a rise in power to 150bhp from the rather pedestrian 114bhp of the standard MX5. In addition, a number of unique details included a body styling kit, special polished alloy wheels, stainless sill plates and an embossed black leather owners wallet with a certificate confirming the car to be one of the limited Le Mans versions, signed by one of the drivers in the winning team. This car retains all of the originally specified features and the certificate is signed by perhaps the most famous driver of all, Johnny Herbert.
This Le Mans edition was supplied when new by Westcars Mazda, the main dealer in Glasgow on the 20th September 1991. A number of enthusiasts have owned the car since including a very active member of the MX5 Owners Club. Each of these owners have clearly looked after the car very carefully as today with a recorded 90,000 miles, it remains in superb original condition throughout. The extensive history file and original stamped service book shows very diligent maintenance throughout the car’s life, this probably explains why the car drives so well. Indeed, it could easily pass for a very low mileage example in terms of both appearance and the taut driving experience.
A special little car serving up real verve and character, supplying far more excitement and rarity than expected at this price level. It comes with the above-mentioned history file and original book pack.