Mazda introduces the MX-5 Miata at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 9, 1989, giving new life to the classic roadster.
The MX-5 Miata went on sale in May 1989 with a starting price of $13,800 and a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 116 hp and 100 pound-feet of torque.
A five-speed manual transmission was standard but a four-speed automatic transmission was available as an option. It featured a four-wheel, independent double wishbone suspension and four wheel-disc brakes with the front ventilated.
Mazda engineers created a lightweight, threefold, easy-to-operate soft top with simple one-hand operation.
The MX-5 Miata weighed just 2,116 pounds and could reach 60 mph in less than nine seconds.