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Mazda Japan Enters the MX-5 Miata Restoration Business

Posted August 10, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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From its 1989 debut through its 1997 end of production, Mazda built over 400,000 first-generation (NA, in Mazda-speak) MX-5 Miatas. Japan, where the model is known as the Eunos Roadster (or simply Roadster), accounted for sales of around 120,000 NA Miatas, and of these, roughly 23,000 are still on the road. Thanks to the efforts of passionate owners, Mazda Motors Corporation in Japan will soon begin a restoration program for NA Miatas, and is also lobbying suppliers to put a variety of OEM parts back into production.

As Japanese Nostalgic Car reports, the OEM spares available initially will include the Bridgestone SF-325 tires in the stock 185/60R14 size, the Nardi wooden steering wheel and gearshift knob, and the original vinyl soft top. Other announcements on parts availability are expected to come before the program officially kicks off in early 2018, though it isn’t clear if these items will be available to export customers.

Mazda continues to be one of the most customer-focused automakers, even if they don't have the engineering of the big manufacturers.

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08/10/2017 2:09 PM

I waited for a couple months for one of these when they first came out. It was a wonderful little car and a real joy to drive!

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08/16/2017 6:38 AM

I have had an NA,NB and now an NC. The NA was the most go cart like.

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08/16/2017 4:15 PM

I've had an NA, NB, and now an ND. I, too, liked the way the NA steered. Too bad they did away with that, but I suspect if you lost power steering that they might have been difficult to steer with that quick ratio.

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