FIRST-GENERATION MX-5 DELIVERED: the Mazda Restoration Programme

Tasia/Jul 19, 2019 04:22 PM

On December last year, Mazda offers a restoration programme for the first-generation of Mazda MX-5. After two months of effort, the first NA MX-5 is come to alive.

Nishimoto Keiji and his wife Marimi, owners of the NA MX-5, purchased the car in 1992, are attracted by this programme and applied for one this year. Out of fortune, their car is selected by Mazda to be the first trier for the makeover plan concluded based on the previous tests on similar models.

The makeover is being proceeded at Mazda’s Engineering & Technology centre in Hiroshima. During the process, an inspection will be made before the car is being disassembled and colour-removed. Documentation will be made throughout all stages of the process, in both written and photographic forms. Once the restoration is completed, the owner will receive the document where the whole process is presented.

Besides the restoration programme, Mazda also has the production of NA MX-5 parts started, including the Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel, soft top as well as the original Bridgestone SF 325 tyres.

After receiving the NA MX-5, Nishimoto encouraged more people to participate in the restoration programme, “People who like Roadster, please do it, by all means, you may feel that it is relatively high compared to the new car price, but if you can keep on dozens of years from now on, you have to do it. I think that it is worth it.”

Quoted also the Japanese Nostalgic Car reports, when asked how long will he use the revised car, Nishimoto replied, "plan to drive it for another 25 years."