The Mazda Miata has had numerous limited editions throughout the years, but when Mazda won Le Mans shortly after the roadster’s world-searing launch, it created the perfect storm of conditions under which to develop the most limited MX-5 officially sold through Mazda dealerships.
When Mazda became the first Japanese carmaker to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991, and the first to do so without a traditional piston engine, it was a pretty big deal. In those pre-internet days, it wasn’t that well publicized in the US, but in Europe it was earth-shattering news. At the time, Mazda had just launched the original Miata and it was selling like hotcakes. What better way to stoke the flames than to create a set of limited edition MX-5s with the winning race car’s iconic livery?
Mazda UK teamed up with Brodie Britain Racing, or BBR, a tuner that supplied British dealerships with the only turbo MX-5s available with a dealer warranty. Underneath the distinctive orange and green livery of the race-winning 4-rotor 787B, they were equipped with the same turbo kits that BBR built for UK dealers. Good for 150 horsepower (35 over the 1.6-liter’s factory 115 hp, it moved the car from zero to 100 kph (0-62 mph) in a more than respectable contemporary time of of 6.8 seconds.
Cabin-wise, leather orange and green boots for the shifter, e-brake and seat belts were added to this particular example. A recent video released by Mazda Germany claims that 24 were built (which would be fitting — one for each hour of the race) but a UK-based MX-5 owners’ club says that 22 were made with 19 known to have survived.