There wasn’t much fuss about it, but when Mazda produced the one-millionth Mazda MX-5 Miata in April they sent it on a tour of the world as an elaborate way of marking the occasion. Throughout the year the milestone Miata covered much of the earth across Asia and Europe, and it is now poised to finish its North American leg of the journey at the Los Angeles Autoshow later this month.
The one-millionth Mazda MX-5 hit the American shores just in time for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in California and was then shipped to the East Coast, starting in Boston, and headed to the Midwest and through the South and through the Gulf region to end its U.S. tour at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, a track named after the Japanese car maker.
During its long journey more than 4,000 people have autographed this right-hand-drive JDM-spec car, and more people will have the opportunity to do so at the L.A. Autoshow. You know what would be cool, if they keep driving the one-millionth Mazda MX-5 around the globe until it reaches one million miles, or kilometers, and then retire it at a museum.
“We have been fortunate to have the one-millionth MX-5 on our shores since August, giving enthusiasts from the U.S. and around the world the opportunity to be a part of both Mazda history and a milestone for the automotive industry,” said Robert Davis, senior VP, U.S. Operations, MNAO. “This MX-5 shows just how far we’ve come—from a little company with big ideas to a torchbearer for defying convention and keeping the thrill of driving alive for everyone.”