Mazda Japan will restore your first-gen MX-5

Words: Nile Bijoux
9 Aug 2017

If you own and adore a Mazda MX-5 built between 1989 and 1997, and you want to bring it back to showroom quality, prepare to get excited.

Mazda Motors Corporation are soon to begin the "Roadster Restore Service" program, and have been lobbying suppliers to put OEM parts back into production.

Those parts will include the original Bridgestone SF-325 tyres in correct 185/60R14 size, the Nardi wooden steering wheel and shift knob, and the original vinyl soft top. Other parts news is expected to come in early 2018 when the program officially begins. It's not clear if the items will be available to export customers.

As for the restorations, a factory will be dedicated to bringing the world's best selling roadster back to showroom quality. It will be certified by TÜV Rheinland Japan Company, Limited, and owners will meet with Mazda specialists to determine the extent of work needed – cosmetic, mechanical, or both. The process will return a “car in a state close to the original,” as Mazda say. A trial restoration has begun, with Mazda accepting cars from Japanese customers later in 2017.

So far the service is only for NA Miata's, and no indication is given for the restoration time or cost since the work will be done on a case-by-case basis. It's also unclear when overseas customers will be able to start the process for restoration.

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