Mazda MX-5 – one for the memorable future

What have the Mazda MX-5, Bugatti Veyron and Audi TT got in common.

Well, according to a recent survey by classic car experts, Footman James, they are all expected to be classic car icons in the next 50 years.

Out of the 3,500 class vehicles surveyed, the Mazda MX-5 came out on top as it claimed seven per cent of classic vehicle owner’s votes, the Bugatti and TT came in second and third place with five per cent and four per cent of votes respectively.

The MX-5 also ‘out classified’ other famous cars including the Aston Martin DB9, Audi R8 and the Lotus Elise.

So what is it that makes the MX-5 so darn iconic?

The Mazda MX-5 pretty much revitalised the convertible-look in the automotive industry, after many manufacturers tried and failed to harness what an exciting drop top is all about.

Due to its unbeatable soft top desirability, the MX-5 has seen countless limited edition models over the years as its demand has passed the test of time.

The most recent MX-5 model retains the snug, low riding and great handling appeal of previous models, as well as adding a range of both powerful and economical engines, including a meaty 2.0-litre petrol delivering 158bhp.

Its price has also been a cornerstone for the model as its low price tag of just £17,995 smashes many of its competitor’s prices by over £10,000 pounds.

Upon release of its latest special edition model, Jeremy Thomson, managing director for Mazda UK, said: “In spite of a growing number of competitors in this sector, the consistent level of praise for the MX-5 – from journalists and motorists alike – marks it out as the ideal all-year-round convertible.”

The Mazda MX-5 has, and may always prove why it is the world’s best selling two-seater sportscar.