MX-5 tipped as future classic


Mazda’s MX-5 – long seen as a youngtimer of choice – has been voted the next ‘classic icon’ by a jury of 3500 classic owners.

The little two-seater, which secured 7% of the vote, is cast by many as the spiritual successor to the British sports car, adding reliability to the familiar mix of a simple attractive design, rear-wheel drive and an open top. In fact the MX-5 Club was voted OC of the year in Classic & Sports Car’s Club Awards last year.

In the Footman James survey, it was closely followed by the awesome Bugatti Veyron (with 5%) and the Audi TT (with 4%) – the original concept of which survived virtually intact on the production car.

Moderns such as the Aston Martin DB9, Fiat 500, Audi R8, Lotus Elise and Jaguar XKR, XF and XK garnered 3% of the vote, in the survey that aimed to predict classics of the next 50 years.

Andy Fairchild, Footman James’ managing director, said: “2012 marks the 50th anniversary of many classic icons including the Lotus Elan, MGB and Ford Cortina.  It is fascinating to obtain an insight into what classic vehicle owners deem to be the classics of the future.   With regards to which ones can claim iconic status in 50 years time – I guess we will just have to wait and see!”



I think the MX-5 has the virtues we associate with successful classic cars; reliability, fun to drive and own.

Everyone has forgotten how reliable MGs were in period; I owned MGs for over twenty years and was never let down by one.

An MX-5 will allow you to drive it like a shopping basket but if you have driving skills, it will flatter them. It is really an experience to drive one fast through the twisty bits. It is a joy to drive.

So as a 1989 MX-5 owner, I can say I am not surprised many people think the MX-5 is a future classic. It is such a reliable, fun-to-drive and own car.


I agree with NewMJL2, the MX-5 is already a classic. It is the enthusiast car for the masses and although it doesn’t have a 1000 horsepower or gullwing doors it has the basics down just right. Even with its modest performance numbers most people will run out skill before they run out of car. I have three; the latest is a 91 special edition that I’m bringing back from the brink of neglect. If you don’t think it has classic potential than you probably haven’t driven one. Just imagine the current sports car landscape if the MX-5 never existed.

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