The Story of # 404461
MCI Hertiage Collection
Chassis #404461 currently resides within the Heritage Collection of Mazda Canada and if you have watched any YouTube videos or read some auto journalists articles regarding the MSM in the last few years this was the car you were looking at.
It is an all original, low mileage and obviously well maintained version of a Canadian 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata and this is it's story.
It was the Summer of '04 and David & Margaret Christie dropped in on Orillia Mazda (Ontario) to check the Miatas in stock as they were looking for birthday present for Margaret's 50th and a 25th Wedding Anniversary present for themselves. They surveyed the inventory and were absolutely captivated by the 2004 Mazdaspeed in the showroom as it blew away all the other Miatas they saw. They were particularly drawn to the Velocity Red paint that seemed to "pop" in the sunlight.
Of course, as with all major purchases there is a little trepidation so they left the showroom to ponder their options.
Back at home the justification process began with several discussions over the car comparing the pros and cons about buying a Miata. Make no mistake it wasn't about buying the Mazdaspeed as they decided if they were going to get a Miata this would be the one. A few days later the mutual decision to "go for it" was made and back to the dealership they went. So on July 24, 2004 David & Margaret Christie celebrated their anniversary plunking down $34,000 and taking delivery of #404461.
Not a second of regret has followed the decision as they are still in love with the car today and it shows. The MSM has been babied and only shows 66,300 km on the clock. Obviously an all original vehicle that has been pampered so much only day trips were taken in it so it could be safe at home in bed every night.
This car is one in the initial batch of approximately 70 Canadian MSMs built during the first few days of production and being such an early car displays some unique variances from the "norm". Interesting to note is the unique floor mats this car carries as they are not your typical floor mat (see pics). David confirmed the car was delivered with them new. This MSM was also delivered without the aluminum Mazdaspeed oil cap as were some other early vehicles.
Unfortunately health and other household issues led to the decision to sell the car after 13 years of ownership which leads to the next part of our story.
Posting the MSM for sale on AutoTrader not only generated interest from but also from the PR department of Mazda Canada itself. Mazda Canada was in pursuit of a clean low mileage unmolested Mazdaspeed for their new Heritage Collection and noticed David & Margaret's ad and came calling.
An agreement was reached, a tech inspection by Mazda performed and #404461 left Orillia to reside in the Mazda Heritage collection at MCI Headquarters in Richmond Hill, Ontario where David and Margaret will be able to visit anytime they choose. A Happy Ending, no?