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The author is an acknowledged motoring historian. • The author has received full co-operation from the factory. • Fully updated and revised version of the popular original title. • American, Japanese and European markets covered in great detail. • Special variants and limited editions covered in full. • Competition exploits covered in full. • Well over 400 contemporary pictures, mainly in colour. • In addition to photographs, advertising and brochures have been used. • A useful appendix supplements the detailed text. • Foreword by Takao Kijima.
The definitive international history of the most successful sports car the world has ever known. Covers every model of Miata, MX-5 and Eunos Roadster - including all special editions - from 1989 to date. Includes a Foreword by Takao Kijima, the Miata's Chief Engineer.
Now in its second decade of production, Mazda's superb convertible roadster has become by far the world's best-selling sports car. Here, in definitive detail, is the full story of the MX-5 (known as the Miata in the USA and Eunos Roadster in Japan) from inception in the early 1980s to the very latest third generation models. Researched in Japan, this book, now in its third edition, includes interviews with key people in the MX-5 story. Coverage includes development, launch details, the model’s evolution in all the major markets, motorsport, specials, and much, much more. The book also comes with a Foreword by Takao Kijima.
Review from the MX-5 club of New South Wales, June 2007
This is the third edition of the Brian Long’s book, coinciding with the release of the third generation of the MX-5, the NC. And as a bonus, the book includes the content from the first and second editions. That should not put off owners of those editions; rather, it enables the history of this amazing car to be contained in the one edition. For new buyers, here is an opportunity to obtain the complete history of the MX-5, from NA to NC, in the one volume.
Brian Long received full co-operation from Mazda in preparing this fully updated and revised version of the original, definitive work on the MX5. While it covers the American, Japanese and European markets in great detail, it does not forget Australia, variously referencing 'news from the Antipodes' (twice), 'Australian update' and 'update from down under'.
The book contains nearly 600 contemporary colour pictures, and reproductions of advertising and sales brochures from around the world.
Review by Jeff Zurschmeide for Mazda Sport Magazine, April 2007
Brian Long’s name on a car book is an absolute guarantee of quality, and his latest epic is no exception. Mazda MX-5 Miata – The Book of the World’s Favourite Sportscar contains everything that a Miata enthusiast could want to know to impress friends and satisfy curiosity. To tell the truth, it contains enough detail to render an obsessive-compulsive Miata freak completely catatonic with information overload.
Long’s books are characterized by access to corporate archives and in-depth interviews with the designers, engineers, and executives who actually dreamed, designed, and built the cars. Long consistently gets the kind of deep background information that most auto writers only dream about. If you want to get the real Miata story from the people who were there, pick up this book.
Long’s books are also known for their wealth of truly beautiful photos, and this book includes almost 600 photographs, including many never-before-published shots from Mazda’s archives. The book has drawings and pictures of the earliest designs of each version of the car, through the clay models, mock-ups, test mules and finally, the production cars. You can watch each generation of Miata take shape before your eyes as Mazda worked to perfect what would become the most popular ragtop sports car of all time. Long also covers the advertising, media reviews, and sporting history of the car. And he covers these topics not only for the American market, but for Japan, the UK, Europe, Australia, and the world market as well. Every edition, every option, every model year. If you like Miatas, you’re going to want this book.
Review from Startline magazine, February 2007
The MX-5 is now in its second decade of production and with over half a million of them on the road, Mazda's roadster has become the world's best selling sports car.
The book covers the full story of the MX-5 from its inception in the early 1980's to the very latest third generation models. All markets have been included with special limited editions also appearing as well.
The book features a foreword written by Takao Kijima, chief engineer on the MX-5 project. With over 600 colour pictures featured, some showing the car's competition history, the book includes everything for the MX-5 devotee.