Mazda Wants to Keep Vintage MX-5s Baby Fresh With Restoration Parts

mazda wants to keep vintage mx 5s baby fresh with restoration parts

In 2017, Mazda announced a restoration program for the first-generation MX-5 Miata in Japan. Those NA years were good ones — sales were strong and customers were happy. But the cars had developed a reputation for being phenomenal project vehicles and an affordable way to get into racing. Many entered into a hard and exciting life as the years rolled on.

Realizing the MX-5 is equally beloved and hardworking in the United States, Mazda has decided to expand the program for North America. On Monday, the company announced that its restoration parts catalog is now 1,100 items deep and ready to help restore the luster of NA Miatas around the world.

“There is a pure feeling of joy when it comes to driving a Miata, of any generation,” said Masahiro Moro, CEO of Mazda North American Operations, in a statement. “Our unique Jinba-Ittai — ‘horse and rider as one’ — engineering philosophy has allowed for the engaging and exhilarating driving dynamic that has remained constant over the years, helping make the Miata an important vehicle for the brand and our fans. By helping prolong the life of MX-5 Miata NA models, Mazda is committed to supporting the roadster culture and looks forward to seeing these historic vehicles on the road — and on the track — for years to come.”

Any backward-looking support from an automaker is to be applauded but Mazda really outdid itself here. It even met with several Miata-focused shops and auto clubs to get help choosing the parts that it should prioritizing. The entire list is extensive, offering just about everything you might want replaced on your worn MX-5.

Ironically, the best bits are probably those difficult-to-find OEM replacement parts — little things like gaskets. But you can also find complete ragtop assemblies, window rollers, doors pulls, brakes, and pretty much anything else that’s taken too much abuse over the years.

Hole in the door? Mazda’s got you. Enkei is even reproducing a set of aluminum wheels that look like the originals but use more modern manufacturing methods it claims have made them lighter and more durable.

If you’re in possession (or hope to be) of a vintage MX-5 that might need a little work, Mazda has provided a comprehensive, 42-page list of the new/old parts — available as a PDF here. The company recommends speaking with your local dealership if you’re ready to take the next step.

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  • Vulpine Vulpine on Oct 30, 2019

    Would love to have a cute little 'toy' car to drive around... the economy would certainly be better than my truck for daily driving but the small cockpit size means a tall person (like my wife) would be cramped in the passenger seat and far too tight for her to drive. For me, the 'toy' is going to have to be taller and a bit longer. Problem is, there are far too few intermediate-sized 'toys' on the market.

  • Slavuta Slavuta on Oct 30, 2019

    Should I start looking for well-used car and buy it cheap?

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    • Slavuta Slavuta on Oct 30, 2019

      @JimC2 I think this is what Richard Branson said - if you want to be a millionaire, take a billion and start an airline. Here we're not talking about a cat, this is miata! :-)

  • 285exp I am quite sure that it is a complete coincidence that they have announced a $7k price increase the same week that the current administration has passed legislation extending the $7k tax credit that was set to expire. Yep, not at all related.
  • Syke Is it possible to switch the pure EV drive on and off? Given the wonderful throttle response of an EV, I could see the desirability of this for a serious off-roader. Run straight ICE to get to your off-roading site, switch over the EV drive during the off-road section, then back to ICE for the road trip back home.
  • ToolGuy Historical Perspective Moment:• First-gen Bronco debuted in MY1966• OJ Simpson Bronco chase was in 1994• 1966 to 1994 = 28 years• 1994 to now = 28 yearsFeel old yet?
  • Ronnie Schreiber From where is all that electricity needed to power an EV transportation system going to come? Ironically, the only EV evangelist that I know of who even mentions the fragile nature of our electrical grid is Elon Musk. None of the politicians pushing EVs go anywhere near it, well, unless they are advocating for unreliable renewables like wind and solar.
  • FreedMike I just don’t see the market here - I think about 1.2% of Jeep drivers are going to be sold on the fuel cost savings here. And the fuel cost savings are pretty minimal, per the EPA: fuel costs for this vehicle are $2200 and $2750 for the equivalent base turbo-four model. I don’t get it.