Mazda will offer special versions of the Miata for centennial celebration

Cars coming later this year will be Snowflake White with special red leather interiors

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Special 100th Anniversary Miata takes its coloring cues from the Mazda R360 | Mazda photos

As it celebrates its corporate centennial this year, Mazda says it will offer a limited-edition 100th Anniversary Special Edition MX-5 Miata for the North American automotive market later this year.

“The 100th Anniversary Special Edition MX-5 Miata is available in either the RF (retractable fastback) or exclusive red soft top,” Mazda North American Operations said in its announcement. 

Interior features red leather

“It will be offered in Snowflake White Pearl Mica premium exterior paint and accented by red styling features throughout. 

“The front fender has a minimalist ‘100 Years 1920 – 2020’ badge while the wheel center caps feature the 100th Anniversary Special Logo in red and black. The red leather seats and red carpet add a level of sophistication while giving a nod to the two-tone R360 Coupe, Mazda’s first passenger car.”

The centennial-edition cars will be based on the 2020 MX-5 Grand Touring model. 

Although the date of availability has not been announced, Mazda said the anniversary MX-5 with a 6-spped manual will be priced at $32,670 as a soft top and at $35,427 with the retractable roof. With an automatic transmission, the prices will be $33,195 and $35,750, respectively. Prices do not include destination and handling fees.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. The car on the right looks like an N S U Sport Prinz . They were 360 cc air cooled rear wheel drive. Not a bad car .

  2. How I wish Mazda could see a 100th anniversary edition of the RX rotary cars. First gen RX7 was the most underpowered, joyful, tail-happiest, headlight nodding car I’ve ever driven (back then, one greeted fellow RXers by triggering the headlight up/down switch- no lights, just doors up, down, then wave. Jeep folk understand). Last gen 7, well, a screamy, fire blowing drift fiend; with aftermarket exhaust, a sound to remove fillings. RX8? All that and Euro-sophisticated GT too.
    As great as the Miata is, I feel Mazda left a lot unsaid and on the table with the discontinuation of the rotary. Poor mileage? Poor emissions? Chrysler sells every ScatPak, Hellcat, and Demon they can make. Ford’s awash in orders for Shelbys and 5.0s, not to mention Roush modified stuff. And GM threw us a 700+hp ‘Vette, Camaro, then blew the barn down with the new mid-engined ‘Vette.
    Let’s not forget all the Supersized pickups & SUVs sold. And factory modified.
    Imagine a 100th anniversary, four rotor supercharged/turbo (ala Volvo), front/mid engined RX×X, built with all that Mazda knows and aimed at that new ‘Vette, the hybrid NSX, Lexus’ 500, with a real manual and a small diameter triple disc clutch, and stripped of any add ons outside the engine compartment. No high-end audio- any audio an option, no power anything. Lotus philosophy: any weight is excess, so no convertible. Rippin’ 14k rpm motor, close to Miata weight, no sunroof but a heads-up display, all manual recaros or sparco seats (customer choice), factory rollbar or optional SCCA full cage… and a Lambo style sport exhaust that turns the overrun exhaust valve cooling fuel into fire and noise out the tip- one’s enough, more? Extra weight.
    Oh- RX×X? Roman numerals- X×X= 100, and Mazda would sell every one they built.
    Would you drive it? I’d sell my soul, and sacrifice all my neighbors to have one.
    If Mazda recalled the original RX7 as Dodge did with the Challenger, well, the altar would be wet for days, and mine would be “appliance white” with a red Alcantara interior, save for the black Sparcos. And gunmetal BBS wheels.
    Before you read this, you didn’t know you wanted a 100th RX, didja? Close eyes, think upon my proposal.
    Yeah! Git some!

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