Announcing Online Auctions! Rare classic and collector cars vetted by our dealer network.
 Click here to bid now.

Mazda Expands Miata Restoration Program To the US

By Steven Symes Oct 30, 2019
news
Shop Sports
By Steven Symes Oct 30, 2019
This is a dream come true for NA fans.

Finally, Mazda has announced it will be offering certain reproduction parts for the first generation of the Mazda Miata. First there was a false alarm that Mazda was offering a restoration program for the NA Miata in the United States, but it was actually only for the Japanese domestic market. This news understandably has fans excited, because tracking down certain parts has become a bit of a chore.

If you own an MX-5 Miata NA, Mazda says it’s offering over 1,100 new and legacy parts to help you keep it running right and looking good. This move actually came about from input the automaker got from Miata clubs as well as specialty shops, so hats off to the enthusiast community.

Some of the available parts have been made using modern manufacturing procedures and updated materials, without changing the look or feel of the car. That means they potentially might last longer or shed curb weight, which is pretty amazing. One example is the reproduction wheels made by Enkei which are lighter and have a more protected finish so the look better over the long term.

Mazda Expands Miata Restoration Program To the US
View in gallery

The program was first announced at the Chicago Auto Show. For now, this parts program only covers the first-generation Miatas, but others could be added in the future. Considering how diehard Miata fans are, that wouldn’t be a surprise.

In Japan a full restoration service for NA Miatas is available, and that might be the next step for the US market.

What’s the only Japanese car supported in the United States by a manufacturer’s restoration parts program? In this case, the answer truly is Miata, at least for now. Maybe this will result in a new trend where the likes of Toyota, Nissan, and Mitsubishi will realize they could do this for their most iconic vehicles. Restored classics improve a brand’s image, which can actually help sell more new cars. Just a thought, in case anyone with influence from those automakers is reading this.

Images credit: Mazda USA


Related articles

Father And Son Reflect On 1971 Alfa Romeo Spider 1300 Junior

Even through the language barrier, the love of cars translates. Everyone seems to have their own idea of what const...
By Steven Symes Feb 14, 2020

The Don Bolles Car Controversy

It all boils down to whether the Datsun should be displayed or destroyed. June 2, 1976 is a day which rocked the jo...
By Steven Symes Feb 14, 2020

CO Ford Dealer Employee Crashes 2020 Mustang GT During Joyride

And the dealership's was positive enough that it didn't lose a customer from this ordeal! If you're an enthusiast, y...
By Jeffrey N. Ross Feb 14, 2020

Mil-Spec Mercedes G-Wagen Transformed Into Bespoke Off-Roader

Forget Broncos and Humvees, these restored, former military G-Wagens are the ultimate classic off-road vehicles. Bre...
By Jeffrey N. Ross Feb 13, 2020
Show Me More

URL copied to clipboard