• Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Sold Out in Just Four Hours

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The iconic Mazda MX-5 Miata turns 30 in 2019 and the Japanese automaker celebrates the achievement with a 30th Anniversary model at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The roadster fitted with a few extra features went on sale during the show and all 500 units were sold out after only four hours!

It happened again!

Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Sold Out in Just Four Hours
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This isn’t the first time when an anniversary Miata model sold out quicker than you can say "cute little Japanese roadster."

Back in 2014, the 25th Anniversary MX-5 sold out in just 10 minutes.

That was insanely quick, but there’s an explanation why the 30th Anniversary model needed four hours. While it’s predecessor was offered in only 100 units, the 30th Anniversary roadster will be built in 500 examples. Another 2,500 cars are offered outside the U.S., but they should also go out of stock rather quickly.

What’s With the big rush?

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Well, apart from being an anniversary model, this Miata also comes with a range of exclusive features.

First up, the body is finished in Racing Orange, a color that "evokes the breaking dawn of an exciting new day," according to Mazda. Complementing the bright orange color are a set of black-painted, multi-spoke wheels and orange brake calipers.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find Recaro sports seats instead of the usual units and a "30th Anniversary" badge with a serial number for all 500 cars. Mazda also added a Bose sound system with nine speakers and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard. The package is rounded off by orange accents on the seats, door panels, dashboard, and gear shift lever.

Performance upgrades include Bilstein dampers on manual transmission models, Brembo brakes in the front, and Nissin brakes in the rear. Output remains unchanged though, as the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine comes from the standard model. The four-pot cranks out 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.

How much did it cost?

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Pre-order were made with a $500 refundable deposit per car, but each customer will have to pay $34,995 for the Roadster and $37,995 for the RF version.

Both are selectable with either the manual or automatic transmission. Given the refundable nature of the deposit, it’s safe to assume that some customers could revert their orders, so you might be able to snatch one at some point if you’re quick. For reference, the base MX-5 Miata Roadster starts from $25,730, while the regular MX-5 Miata RF comes in at $32,345.

Further Reading

Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Sold Out in Just Four Hours
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The Mazda MX-5 Celebrates its 30th Birthday at Chicago Auto Show with a Limited Edition model

2016 Mazda MX-5 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Mazda MX-5.

2017 Mazda Miata RF – Driven High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full driven review on the 2017 Mazda Miata RF.

1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Driven Exterior Test drive
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Read our full driven review on the 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

2019 Chicago Auto Show - Everything You Need To Know
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