California Dreaming

A friend of mine has just bought his wife a stunning 50th birthday present, an MX5 California limited edition. This is one of the most sought after LE cars in the history of the MX5, the Sunburst Yellow exterior had not been used on a UK car before and was introduced to mark the 5th anniversary of the MX5. The California model was based on a standard 1800cc MX5, only 300 units were made between May and October 1995 and they cost £15,795 to buy new.

A Clarion CRX601R radio cassette was fitted as standard as were 15 inch, 5 spoke unique alloy wheels. The car also featured a special plaque on the centre console denoting the build number, whilst the owner had a leather wallet to hold the owners manual. The California Mk1 is a very rare car in a striking colour and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find good examples.

The Sunburst yellow paintwork suggests that it was named after the sunshine state of California and such was the success of this limited edition that in the year 2000 Mazda decided to release a second, the California Mk 2:

This California was based on a standard model 1600cc MX-5. Only 500 units were made and cost £16,000 to buy new. Again, 15 inch alloys were fitted and interior mats were embroidered with the California logo.

You can learn more about the two models through the links on our limited edition page, or you can download the PDF brochures for free by clicking on the logos below:

California Mk 2


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