Kicking off the collection of rare and exclusive cars were the three exact cars that made their debut at the Chicago motor show in 1989.
The manufacturer had set out to reinvent the fun of British sports cars from the 1960s. Suffice it to say that the combination of British sports car fun and Japanese reliability proved to be a hit with customers; the original Mazda MX-5 – also known as the Eunos or Miata, depending on market – sold almost 100,000 units in its first year of production.
The MX-5 quickly became a popular platform for tuners, with a range of engine modifications and performance enhancements quickly offered. The Club Racer concept, the second car of the original trio, featured lowered suspension, different headlights and wider wheel arches to accommodate its 15-inch alloys.
The third car to be shown as part of the original debut cars was originally supposed to take part on the Sports Car Club of America's Escort Endurance racing series, but had to pull out when the team running it was unable to secure sponsorship.
Rather than retire, the car was donated to racer Dan Edmunds and became the first ever MX-5 to compete in motorsport, racking up 6,500 miles. Today, Mazda says more of its cars are raced at the weekend in the US than any other car brand.
Mazda's M-Speedster concept car made its debut in Chicago in 1995, with more aggressive styling and integrated storage for two racing helmets. Power from its 1.8-litre engine was boosted by a supercharger, taking its overall output to 197bhp.
In 1996, Mazda showed its M-Coupé concept at the New York motor show. While similar to the previous M-Speedster, the M-Coupé received a wider stance with new rims and lowered suspension.