Mazda's Bold Plan To Keep First Generation Miatas Alive

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An iconic car deserves the royal treatment.

The first generation (chassis code NA) Miata came from way out in the left field. Mazda took a classic European design, refined it, and made it reliable and affordable. When it arrived in the 1990s, the Miata was an immediate success. As a result, the first generation was plentiful for a couple of decades and, as it was often first bought as a weekend toy, low mileage garage kept cars weren't uncommon on the used market.

However, inexpensive used sports cars with excellent handling tend to end up heavily modified, and often crashed. Over the past ten years, the supply of good condition stock Miatas has started to dwindle and prices have been rising.

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Mazda loves the MX-5 Miata and understands its importance to the brand and automotive history. In 2017, Mazda introduced a service in Japan for restoring NA Miatas and selling original parts. Now, Mazda isn't offering a full restoration service in the US, but the automaker has announced it is expanding the availability of restoration parts for Miata enthusiasts dramatically.

The Restoration Parts Program for the NA Miata offers 1,100 new and legacy parts, and all are remanufactured in Japan using modern methods and materials but still maintaining an era-appropriate look and feel. That's a lot of parts and should ensure many Miatas will stay on American roads for years to come.

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Mazda calls it an "extensive list" of parts and went all-out to make sure that it's right. The automaker consulted with specialty shops and Miata clubs to figure out what people need and seek out the most. As well as common smaller parts, the list also includes the big-ticket items that can be hard to find or replace. On the list is a newly developed fabric soft top that uses the same rear screen material from the original Miata, as well as reproduction Enkei Wheels. You can even pick up a set of Spec Miata Kevlar fireproof door pulls.

"By helping prolong the life of MX-5 Miata NA models, Mazda is committed to supporting the roadster culture and looks forward to seeing these historic vehicles on the road - and on the track - for years to come," says said Masahiro Moro, Chairman and CEO of Mazda North American Operations.

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