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Mazda announces restoration program for first-gen Miata

by Ben Hsu

It will also begin reproducing select discontinued parts.

Mazda announced this week a new program to help restore the first-generation Mazda Miata. Well, technically these are not Miatas but Eunos Roadsters, because the program is thus far only available in Japan and that was the Japanese name for the car we know as the MX-5 Miata.

The program will allow owners to take their cars in for a refresh via the support of Mazda-approved restoration shops. Mazda will also begin reproducing discontinued parts, such as the wooden steering wheels and shift knobs that were available as options on Japanese-market cars, as well as the fabric convertible top, a common wear item that deteriorates due to exposure to the elements. In addition, Mazda is commissioning the the original Bridgestone SF325 tires that came standard when the cars were new.

According to Mazda, the first-generation Eunos Roadster sold 120,000 units in Japan. Only 23,000 are left. The car was widely regarded as an unapologetically analog driver's car upon its launch in 1989, and has gained a dedicated enthusiast following over the years.

Other Japanese automakers have launched similar programs. Earlier this year, Nissan announced it would offer reproduction parts for the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R, and Honda has offered restorations on the original NSX. Mazda's program will begin taking applicants in 2017, while actual restoration work and the reproduced parts will go on sale in early 2018.

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