Mazda completes first factory MX-5 restoration
Mazda's official restoration program for the first generation MX-5 has its first very happy customer. The 26 year-old Eunos Roadster is now in showroom condition
The Mazda MX-5 is known by many names around the world, but loved by all who drive it. Be it a Eunos or Miata, the lightweight sports car offers a pure driving experience at a very affordable price point. The MX-5 is now in its fourth generation, but Mazda has just completed its first official restoration of an original NA car.
More on Mazda...
- Mazda Cosmo: an unexplored universe of rotary-engined exotica
- Mazda MX-5 Mk1 Buying Guide
- First-gen MX-5s/Miatas/Eunos Roadsters for sale on AutoClassics!
Putting some TLC into this roadster is nothing new, especially if you find your car has the dreaded rusty sills, but this official restoration program is done by Mazda itself in Japan. The earliest Eunos Roadsters are approaching 30 years-old and sourcing original parts is becoming harder and harder, but Mazda and its partners have committed to reproducing the mechanicals required for each project.
The very first car to go through this process belonged to a Japanese gentleman by the name of Mr. Nishimoto Yoshitsugu. Chosen from over 40 applicants, Nishimoto expects to be able to continue his Eunos Roadster for another 25 years.
Unfortunately, Mazda was a bit light on exactly what works were carried out, though Nishimoto does mention that his dog managed to damage the convertible roof. The 26-year old Eunos' fabric roof now fixed, it will be wearing a hard-top for days when his wife wants to avoid sunburn.
So, was it worth the time and expense? 'People who like the Roadster, please do it by all means. You may feel that it is relatively costly compared to the price of the new car, but if you can keep it dozens of years from now on, you have to do it. I think that it is worth it,' said the car's owner. A glowing review indeed.
Sadly, at this point, the restoration program is only open to Japanese customers. We’d love to see a similar service offered in Europe and North America to keep rusty MX-5s and Miatas off the scrapheap.
Classic Cars for Sale
For Sale 1995 Mazda MX-5 Mk1 Up is a rather tidy example of a Mazda MX-5 Mk1. I have only owned this car for the past 4 months and I have enjoyed it every single day but circumstances have changed meaning I have to sell. The car starts/stops, runs and drives perfectly. It does squeak/rattle and have the usual wear and tear marks that you would expect of a car of its age. It does ha
Genuine UK car in White with Black trim in superb condition throughout and benefiting from full service history including a cam-belt and water pump service in April 2018. Local Dorset car all it`s life with last keeper for 14 years. Always garaged. Excellent white bodywork professionally restored in 2012. 108,500 miles. MOT to 31st May 2019. History from 1995 (Mazda for first 10 yea
1995 Mazda MX5 MK1 finished in solid red with Black cloth is my pride and joy. The car is in great condition all round having a light restoration completed over the last three years. Having only covered 76000 miles from new this example has only had three owners from new and drives perfectly. The engine is strong and the gearbox is great. There are no leaks as the roof had recently been replaced a
The Original & Best Sports Car! Great condition for it’s age. Mot’d until November 2018.. Spare Break Pads.. Limited-Slip Differential.. Cavity Waxed & Stone Chip Guarded.. References if Needed.. Reluctantly selling my lovely Mazie 🚙 One great wee motor which has served me well! No longer have the storage unfortunately.