Two of the industry’s most iconic sports car numbers reached their 1,000,000 production milestone one after the other – Germany’s Porsche 911 last month and Japan’s Mazda MX-5 last year.
The one-millionth 911 rolled off the production line in Zuffenhausen on 11 May 2017, about a year after the one-millionth MX-5 was produced in Hiroshima.
The millionth 911 is a 3-litre manual 991-series Carrera S in Irish Green, with retro design features inspired by the original 911 from 1963, while the millionth MX-5 is a 1.5-litre manual Japan-spec ND in Soul Red, now with over 13,000 signatures on its bodywork collected during its one-year world tour of key markets.
After their celebratory events and road trips, both cars will be kept in the museums of their respective manufacturers.
With its storied 54-year history and seven generations of product evolution since its debut as the successor to the 356, the Porsche 911 is an international automotive icon with an inimitable style. The 28-year-old, four-generation Mazda MX-5 is much younger but still an iconic and stylish sports car in its own right, with international alfresco appeal as the world’s most popular roadster since 1989.