The only exception to this are the large number of special editions that were produced. The factory in Japan produced lots of specials for their own market, however the UK ones were not done at the factory. The UK importer (MCL at the time) bought mostly standard vehicles from Japan and were allowed to enhance and even respray them at their facility in Sheerness to create a whole series of specials editions intended to increase desirability and in-turn sales. The rarest of these was one of the first to be done, the Le Mans. Only 24 were ever built (although officially only 22 were actually resprayed) and they were created to celebrate Mazdas victory with the quad rotor 787B at Le Mans, the first Japanese car ever to win the event. Apart from the distinctive orange and green paint job, the Le Mans was well equipped with a BBR Turbo conversion, body kit, rear spoiler, electric windows, power steering, central locking and an alarm. They also came with a wallet containing a card signed by the Le Mans winning driver, Jonny Herbert. Other specials soon followed including the Gleneagles, named after the famous Hotel and Golf Club in Scotland; the very popular California which came in a vibrant sunburst yellow; and later on the Dakar, Monza and Harvard to name but a few. All benefited from enhancements such as alloy wheels, stereo systems, and countless different interior upgrades.
So which model do you have?
|Model||Model Code||Production Dates||Main Distinguishing Features|
|Mk1||NA||1989 – 1998||Pop up head lights|
|Mk2||NB||1998 – 2000||Fixed headlights|
|Mk2.5||NB-FL||2001 – 2005||Openings for fog lamps in the front bumper|
|Mk3||NC||2005 – 2008||Complete redesign with the car being longer and wider|
|Mk3.5||NC-FL||2009 – 2013||Larger grille opening and “leaf” shaped fog lamp openings|
|Mk3.75||NC-FL2||2013 – 2015||Even larger grille opening and squarer fog lamp openings|
|Mk4||ND||2015 on||Awesome new looks|