On December 13 Mazda began accepting applications for its Roadster Restore program. Announced back in August, the program will revive first-generation NA Eunos Roadsters at classic centers throughout Japan, and reproduce about 150 select parts for sale.
According to Mazda program spokesman Nobuhiro Yamamoto, they have already received over 600 applications. Each one will be reviewed by Mazda and will be given the green light based on the car’s existing condition. They will only accept cars that don’t have significant frame damage or rust and are legally registered.
The program has already received the Special Award by the Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan. The category typically goes to an interesting car or technology, but this year it was given to restorations programs of both Mazda and Volvo Japan (oddly, Nissan’s Skyline R32 Heritage Parts program launched last month was snubbed).
In addition to the Nardi stering wheel (which was available on Eunos Roadsters), fabric tops, and reproduction Bridgestone SF 325 tires, it was announced that some 150 parts will go on sale in January 2018. Specifics on which parts have not yet been released. “Although the target models and parts are still limited,” Yamamoto said, “I would like to grow this service with customers in the future.” If you live in Japan and would like to apply, you can do so at this website.
Images courtesy of Mazda.
What about all the MX5s that were sold here, in their largest market?
Its good to hear of your NA restoration program including its parts. I’m from Manila Philippines, a member of Miata Club Philippines who owns a 1992 Miata NA. I need a soft top for my Roadster. I would appreciate it very much if you can quote me the price delivered in Manila or I may pick up from your Philippine distributor Bermaz Auto Philippines. I’m looking forward to hear from you soon. Thank you very much and more power to your program.
Will that take a car from the USA if it is shipped to Japan….any idea of cost.
Really intrigued to see exactly what parts are reproduced. My imported Roadster S-Spec is missing a few of the original parts and it’d be great to get hold of them, even if I can’t justify shipping it all the way back to Japan for a full restoration…
This makes me curious about what happened to all the 240Zs Nissan did this to a couple years back.
It looks like two guys own most of those old Z’s. Where did Nissan get all those hubcaps?
are those tires going to be for sale world wide? i could use a good 14″ tire right about now.
If Bridgestone subcontracted production to Coker Tire it might be available directly from them?