The Mk1 MX-5 is one of the most popular modern classic cars in Japan, and Mazda is now to start offering full factory restorations.
As a car that was originally intended to replicate the charms of a 1960s British sports car, there’s a certain irony in the fact many people are now restoring the earliest examples of the Mazda MX-5
. Today it is an classic car in its own right, and Mazda has just announced its very own restoration program.
Japanese owners, of which Mazda says there are around 23,000 remaining, can hand over a tired Mk1 Eunos Roadster to be given the full transformation, similar to what Jaguar currently offers with the E-type Reborn
. Aside from perhaps the Series 1 Land Rovers, the MX-5 is perhaps the most humble car to be offered a full factory restoration in this style.
While the restoration service is currently only offered to Japanese customers, one big potential benefit for UK and other international enthusiasts will be the re-introduction of various genuine spare parts. Mazda and various suppliers have committed to reproducing previously unavailable spars, such as the vinyl soft-tops, wooden Nardi steering wheels as well as Bridgestone SF325 tyres in the original 185/60 R14 size.
Mazda has trial-restored a red example to showcase the quality of its work, although restoration of customer cars is scheduled to begin in 2018. To make sure all of the work is up to standard, it will be inspected and certified by the Japanese arm of TÜV Rheinland.
Prices will almost certainly vary depending on the start-point of the MX-5, however we wouldn’t expect the process to be a cheap. But this is a classic car after all, and while the economics probably don’t stack up we’re certain there will be a queue of enthusiasts waiting to get a factory-fresh Mk1 MX-5.