Mazda MX-5 Miata
M-Edition Field Guide (
1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
1996 M Edition
(Editor's note: Information in this article was compiled from, amongh other places, John Emerson's article on Special/Limited/M editions, and Chris Lambert's Miata Summary.)
This field guide has been prepared to cover the specifications
of the Mazda MX-5 Miata M Edition series issued by Mazda
The Mazda MX-5 Miata made its world debut in March 1989 at the Chicago International Auto Show. It was a huge success. After producing Special or Limited Editions in 1991, 1992 and 1993, Mazda decided in 1994 to produce a special series of Miatas in limited numbers calling the series M Editions (incidentally, Mazda also produced three other M Editions outside of the Miata range in 1994 as well). Each M Edition was produced in special colors and with special features unique to each year and not available in the regular line up of offerings. The M Edition series continued through 1997 just prior to the second-generation NB introduction. This guide will outline each M Edition Miata produced with information gathered from Mazdas marketing brochures, various web sites and owners, highlighting specifications, features and numbers produced.
The M Edition series was developed by Mazda
The Mazda Miata M Edition series of vehicles are very desirable and sought after by Miata enthusiasts. Searching for a low mileage clean M Edition and finding one is to may like finding the ultimate Miata. Fairly expensive when first introduced, they can now be found priced as a regular used car, particularly if the seller has no idea what an M Edition is. Further, the well known used car resale value guides seem to somewhat under value what Miatas are actually trading hands for. Most clean Miatas will usually sell over blue book value, thats not to say you cant find one at a bargain price though. M Editions are not sequentially numbered and their VIN numbers will be scattered throughout the regular run for each year. A total of 12,470 M Editions were manufactured throughout the 4 year run. The colors and features will make any M Edition stand out at a gathering of Miatas and the clean low mileage ones are harder and harder to find.
As for true collectability, the market will decide that in the future.
1994 M Edition Magazine Advertisement.
The 1994 M Edition was produced in Montego Blue Mica (color code M8) with tan leather interior, tan boot, and tan top.
Special Features: Nardi wood shift knob and hand brake handle, polished 7 spoke alloy wheels with locks, air conditioning, stainless M Edition sill plates, M Edition custom mats, M Edition key ring/badge/lapel pin gift set, Includes all A and B package options which included: power steering, leather- wrapped steering wheel, power mirrors, alloy wheels, Torsen limited slip differential, cruise control, power windows, headrest speakers, power antenna
Options: Hardtop, automatic transmission, ABS (standard with automatic transmission)
Production: 3,000--- described in the second brochure as "special edition", and in magazine advertisement as "limited-production" model
Base MSRP: $21,250 plus $395 (later $425) freight, plus options
Brochures: There was no M Edition marketing flier in 1994. The model was shown in a magazine ad (picture above).
Montego Blue Mica is the only M Edition color that was
used as a regular color in subsequent years through 1997. The chrome 7 spoke wheels best identify the
94 M as well as M Edition badging etc., but 1994 is also the last year
for the real oil pressure gage. The
Montego Blue Mica color with tan interior is an option for 95-97 Miatas;
they are sometimes confused as M Editions.
If not sure your best bet is to check the VIN and give Mazda
1994 M Edition Window Sticker
Montego Blue 94M
Front air dam is an OEM Mazda accessory added by many owners.
The 94 (and 95) M side doors did not include armrests. Nardi Shift and wood
parking break handle (94, 96, 97)
Interior features nardi shift knob and brake knob, M Edition floor mats,
Miata side sill plates and leather interior seats (chrome vent rings
have been added by owner)
The 1995 M Edition was produced in Merlot Mica (color code A1Q) with tan leather interior, low-back seats, tan boot and top
Special Features: Leather Nardi shift knob, 15" BBS wheels with high- performance tires, cut pile carpeting, stainless sill plates, air conditioning, CD player and 4 speakers, ABS, exterior badge, M Edition key ring/badge/lapel pin, M Edition floor mats, and the Popular Equipment Package (formerly called B package) included power steering, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power mirrors, alloy wheels, Torsen limited slip differential, cruise control, power windows, power antenna
Options: hardtop, automatic transmission
Production: 3,500--- described in press release as "limited edition" and as "special M Edition", and in print ad as "rare production".
Base MSRP: $23,530 plus $450 freight, plus options
Brochures: There was a 2-sided color flier on the 1995 M Edition, and the M was featured in a magazine advertisement (pictured above)
The Merlot Mica color and the BBS
wheels are very popular with M Edition enthusiasts. The 95 M production numbers at 3,500 units
is the highest for the series. This
is the only NA Miata produced for the
1995 M Edition Window Sticker
Merlot Mica 95M
1995 M Edition Gift Set
1995 M Edition Interior, Leather Nardi Shift Knob
Exterior showing 15 BBS Wheels
OEM Dealer or Owner installed front mud flap
The 1996 M Edition was produced in Starlight Blue Mica (color code A5) with tan leather interior, tan boot and top
Special Features: Nardi wood shift knob, wood parking brake handle, 15" Enkei 5-spoke wheels with high-performance tires, M Edition floor mats, blue M Edition logo on seatbacks, M Edition stainless sill plates, ABS, air conditioning, Premium Sound System with CD player, door-mounted tweeters and headrest speakers, M edition logo on tachometer, exterior M Edition badge, M Edition key fob/badge/lapel pin, security system with remote entry and the Popular Equipment Package, which included: power steering, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power mirrors, alloy wheels, Torsen limited slip differential, rear sub frame brace, cruise control, power windows, power antenna
Optional: hardtop, automatic transmission
Production: 2,968--- described in flier as "limited-edition"
Base MSRP: $24,760 plus $450 freight, plus options
Brochures: There was a 2-sided color flier on the 1996 M Edition. No other advertisement or mention was available.
Notes: The 96 M is the first in the series to offer M Edition script on the tachometer and rear back of seats. New black faced MSSS stereo offered with side door tweeters. This is the only Miata ever offered with a factory installed (actually port installed) alarm/remote system. This system frequently malfunctions and will drain the battery if the car is allowed to sit for long periods of time. The 96 M had the most expensive sticker price of any NA Miata. The lower body sills are body color painted from the factory.
1996 M Edition Window Sticker (double click to zoom)
Starlight Blue Mica 96M
Interior side doors revert back to original armrests
1994, 1995 and 1996 M Edition Gift Set
15 Enkei Wheels
Instrument Cluster Showing M Edition Tach (96-97)
Remote and Security System Quick Reference Guide
The 1997 M Edition was produced in Marina Green Mica (color code 13C) with tan leather interior, tan boot and top
Special Features: Nardi wood shift knob, wood parking brake handle, 15" polished 6-spoke alloy wheels with high-performance tires, cut pile carpeting, stainless sill plates, air conditioning, Premium Sound System with CD player and headrest speakers, exterior badge, M Edition logo on seatbacks and tachometer, M Edition pen/key fob/lapel pin, custom floor mats and Popular Equipment Package which included: power steering, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power mirrors, Torsen limited slip differential, cruise control, power windows, power antenna, rear sub frame brace
Optional: hardtop, automatic transmission, ABS
Production: 3,002--- produced from December through February Launched at February 1997 Chicago Auto Show Described in sales flier as "limited edition"
Base MSRP: $24,485 plus $450 freight, plus options
Brochures: There was a 2-sided color flier on the 1997 M Edition, and the M was featured in two different magazine advertisements
Notes: The last of the series, all of the interior M Edition features of the 96 M are carried over with the exception of a blank out for the cigarette lighter. The 97 M features chrome six spoke 15 wheels (different from the 94 M seven spoke 14 wheels) the lower body sills came are body color painted from the factory.
Marina Green Mica 97M
15 6 spoke Chrome Wheels
M Edition Headrests (96-97)
Optional OEM Hardtop
Interior of 97M-Cigarette Lighter was a delete item
1997 M Edition Gift Set (NEED PICTURE)
1997 M Edition Window Sticker (NEED PICTURE)
Gene Mallard 94M pictures
Tom Howlin 95M pictures
Steve McAfee 97M pictures
Chris Lambert Miata's In America
Various Car Domain Sites, for information
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