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Like most cars, the Roadster has seen a host of improvements over its lifetime. This culminated in the launch of the Mk2 in 1999. It lost the trademark pop-up headlamps, but is essentially the same car 're-skinned' with subtle modifications and improvements. As that great American adage says, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".
There are many books available on the history and exact specs of the Roadster, so I won't bother recreating them all here. Some books also contain the original roadtests from the car's launch.
I've listed the spec of my own car below. It's a 1994 1.8 with power steering, air conditioning and electric windows. Until recently, these items were regarded as extra luxuries in the UK, even on ordinary cars such as Fiestas, Escorts and so on. Nowadays you have to try quite hard to find a new car over £10,000 without these items!
The high spec of Japanese imports is one of the main reasons that so many Roadsters have been imported to the UK, as well as the low price of course.