The year was 1989, and Mazda was set to launch a car. It was no ordinary car either as, through the years, it would also launch a cult following. These days, it is now one of Mazda's iconic models. This year, that Mazda celebrates its 30th anniversary and that car is the MX-5.

February 10, 1989 marks the MX-5's official birthday as it made its debut during the Chicago Auto Show of that year. This year's edition of the Chicago Auto Show is just around the corner, so you can probably guess where Mazda will hold the MX-5's birthday party.

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To commemorate this milestone, Mazda will be building limited edition models of the popular roadster. Dubbed the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition, it will make its debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show which will open on February 7. For now however, there are no clear photos of the car. In fact, all Mazda had to give was a (very) blurry photo of the said MX-5. By the looks of it however, it appears to be the retractable hardtop model, the RF. However, a soft top version could be possible, as the original was a convertible after all.

For the past 30 years, there have been four generations of the MX-5. The first-generation model ran from 1989 to 1997. It first had a 1.6-liter engine, but received a bigger 1.8-liter in 1994. Almost half a million were sold by the time the second-generation succeeded the first, reaching 500,000 units by 1999.

By 2005, which was the year of the third-generation MX-5, the roadster had grown in size and engine, now packing a 2.0-liter. Fast forward to 2015, and the current MX-5 was unveiled and, a year later, the one-millionth roadster rolled out of the factory in April of that year. With that, the Mazda MX-5 is recognized by the Guinness World Book of Records as the best-selling roadster of all time.