Mazda has started making heritage parts, at long last.
The Mazda RX-7 is an icon of Japanese car culture and the reason that many people got into cars in the first place. Some may have caught a glimpse of it in Initial D, while others may have lusted after Dominic Toretto's FD3S in the first (and best) Fast & Furious film. But if you've looked at the possibility of owning one, you may have been discouraged to find that spares are generally few and far between. Fortunately, Mazda is well aware of the clamoring of its fans and has finally obliged them by offering spare parts for both the FC3S and FD3S models.
This isn't the first time that a manufacturer has offered heritage parts for an older icon either. In the past, we've seen Nissan offer parts for various versions of the iconic Skyline GT-R, and Toyota has done the same for its legendary Supra too. However, before you get too excited, this heritage parts program is still in its infancy, and only 30 parts are being offered for the FC and 61 for the preferable FD model. These parts will be mainly made up of common wear items like bolts, washers, vacuum hoses, seals, and bushings. But things could improve, as Mazda's catalog for the MX-5 currently has over 1,100 parts.
At present, there's no definitive indication as to whether the parts will be offered outside of Japan. But, as Japanese Nostalgic Car notes, only around 24,000 RX-7s are registered in Japan so it would make sense for Mazda to offer parts to other markets. So if you've found that perfect FD3S project car but have been deterred by the lack of availability of certain parts, now may just be the perfect time for you to revisit that old gentleman to make him an offer on his JDM classic. The more of these there are on the roads, the better the world is. It's just science.