Mazda MX5 reaches classic status

The hugely popular Mazda MX-5, which celebrates 20 years in production in 2009, has been recognised as a bonafide classic by a leading classic car hire company. Great Escape Classic Car Hire ( operates the largest specialist fleet of classic cars for one-off self drive hire in the UK and has added a 1997 limited edition Mark 1 Mazda MX-5 Dakar 1.8i to its fleet.

The Great Escape Mazda is the first Mazda MX5 Mark 1 available for self drive hire in the world. It features dark metallic blue paintwork with black leather interior and is fitted with the desirable 1.8 litre fuel injected engine and power steering. It is available to hire from the company’s base in Worcestershire, on the edge of the Cotswolds, for daily, weekly or weekend hire. Prices start at just £125 for 24 hours and include insurance and unlimited mileage.

The Mazda MX-5 was introduced in 1989 as a low-cost, lightweight sports car in the mould of the 1960s Lotus Elan. The Mark 1 features pop-up headlights, light weight and astonishing handling, which has been regularly praised by the motor press. Evo magazine recently voted the Mazda MX-5 amongst its top ten all time greatest drivers cars.

The addition of the Mazda MX-5 to Great Escape’s classic car hire fleet reflects its growing popularity and the changing profile of classic car enthusiasts. Modern classics like the 928 and Audi Quattro are joining traditional favourites like MGAs, Triumph TR6s and MGBs as cars of choice for weekends away.

There is a lot of debate on the internet about whether the Mazda MX-5 really is a classic car. For us it’s just a question of whether it ticks the right boxes – is it enjoyable to drive, is it interesting and does it have the grin factor? Our answer is yes to all three. The Mazda MX-5 is the spiritual successor to the MGB but a much better drive.

Great Escape has a fleet of self drive and chauffeur hire classic cars from the 1930s to the 1990s including coupes, convertibles and saloons from Bentley, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Jensen, Rolls Royce and Morris as well as Porsche. For more details visit, call 01527 893733 or email

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