Someone Paid $50,000 for a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

You know that old saying that goes like “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch?” From our point of view, petrolheads all over the world will soon adopt the popular saying and adapt it to “there ain’t no such thing as a $50,000 Mazda MX-5 Miata.” However, there is one person who paid 50 grand for a standard MX-5, albeit in Launch Edition form.
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On the second day of July, the first batch of MX-5s from the fourth generation set foot on American soil. Just nine days after that seminal moment, the first example of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Launch Edition was auctioned for a scarcely believable $50,000. Fifty. Thousand. US dollars.

Mazda gave the first-of-1,000 Launch Edition MX-5x to Proxibid, an outfit that auctioned the roadster this past weekend in the name of charity. The $50,000 it fetched aren’t just an extravagant way of buying the first fourth-generation MX-5 in the US, but a way to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital save thousands of children.

100 percent of the proceeds from the sale went to the hospital and will ultimately find their way to the children. According to Mazda, a normal Launch Edition is $30,495, so the difference to 50 grand isn’t exaggerated, all things considered. Still, you may want to know what a Mercedes-Benz SLK300 Roadster undercuts 50 grand by $3,000.

But then again, MX-5 ownership is unlike any other type of convertible car ownership. There’s a massive MX-5 Miata fan base all around the world that helped establishing the Japanese model as the most popular and best-selling two-seater convertible car ever. For that, Mazda returned the favor by ensuring parents never receive a bill from St. Jude.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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