Mazda is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the MX-5 by taking a look back at the original model.
25 years ago, Mazda introduced the MX-5 Miata at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show.
Designed to be lightweight, simple and fun, the model was an instant hit and helped to reinvigorate interest in roadsters.
When it went on sale in the United States, it cost $13,800 and featured a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that developed 116 bhp (86 kW) and 100 lb-ft (135 Nm) of torque. This enabled the 2,116 lb (960 kg) roadster to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than nine seconds.
Over the course of the years, Mazda has sold over 920,000 MX-5s and earned a Guinness Book of World Records title for the "Best-Selling Two-Seater Sports Car."
According to Mazda North America CEO Jim O'Sullivan, "The MX-5 Miata has hit a number of milestones over the years and we're honored to say that 25 years later it's as much a global success and favorite among enthusiasts as it was on day one."