Miata Life: Mazda Introduces Factory Restoration Program

In the world of compact sports cars there are few models that have a bigger following than Mazda's MX-5 Miata, which first debuted back in 1989. And with the earliest models quickly approaching 30 years old, Mazda has introduced a factory restoration program for Eunos Roadster owners in the Japanese home market.

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Beginning next year, Mazda will offer its own restoration service for the first generation NA-chassis using factory parts and know-how. As we've seen with certain European manufacturers, the idea is to bring the cars back to the same degree of quality as when they left the assembly line.

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The program will also include the reproduction of original parts including the factory-spec tires, convertible tops and the optional Nardi steering wheel. In addition to the factory restoration jobs, these parts will be available for anyone looking to refresh their car.

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For now, the program will only be available in Japan and only for the first generation cars — but if successful it's easy to imagine Mazda expanding things.

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While the idea of factory restoration services isn't new, it's great to see one being offered for a "people's sports car" like the Miata. Here's hoping we see other manufacturers jump on this in the future. Who wouldn't want a factory-refreshed Fox Body Mustang, Honda CRX or other modern classic?

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