Back in the 1960s the British two-seater sportscar was the ultimate automotive toy. Somewhere in the intervening years the legend died a slow death - as so many do - replaced by bigger coupes and left to be produced by small-volume manufacturers and kit car makers. Then in the 1980s someone decided to revive the concept, but this time in Japan. Thus the Mazda MX-5 was born - a car that would go on to be the biggest selling two-seater sportscar of all time.
The original remains adored by motoring purists to this day: small, light and nimble it sparked a scene of tuners and allowed an affordable route into the world of owning a desirable car. The original was replaced by a model that grew up a little, and then another, and over time it put on weight and lost a little of its original desire. Thankfully the engineers at Mazda noticed this, and rectified the downward turn with a new model that returns to the roots of the original.