Since its introduction in 1989, Mazda have produced over 1 million units across four distinct versions of their iconic two seater sports car. This page is intended as a brief guide to help you identify the different models.
Although known variously as Eunos Roadster in Japan, Mazda MX-5 in the UK and Europe and Miata in America, the one constant is that wherever the destination, all versions originate from Mazda’s Hiroshima facility in Japan.
VIN, Chassis and Frame numbers
Models destined for the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and many other markets will carry a 17 digit vehicle identification number system or VIN. For example a UK or European MX-5 Mk1 would have a VIN in this format: JMZNA18B123456789
Japanese domestic market (JDM) vehicles can be identified by a nine to twelve digit frame number. For example a JDM Mk1 Eunos Roadster would have a frame number in this format: NA6CE-123456 MX-5 or Eunos Roadster?
The Eunos Roadster and MX-5s are essentially the same vehicle but with relatively minor differences determined by local laws and standards of the importing country or area. The JDM Eunos tends to be better specified than the UK version but the main differences are listed below. This list applies to both the Mk1 (NA) and Mk2 (NB) versions.