The first-generation Miata is a Mazda fan favorite; therefore, it comes as no surprise that the Japanese automaker is making an effort to keep the model in circulation by extending the availability of restoration parts.
Until recently, spare parts for the Mazda MX-5, which was first introduced in 1989, were hard to come by. The first-generation model was in production until 1997 and won numerous awards such as Automobile Magazine's 1990 Automobile of the Year and Car and Driver's 10Best list from 1990 to 1992.
Now, the company has announced its new Restoration Parts Program for the NA Miata, which will include 1,100 hard-to-find parts. Mazda also checked with numerous shops and Miata clubs to learn which parts the company should manufacture first in order to prioritize them.
The restoration parts will be made in Japan and won’t simply be replicas. Mazda will use its 30 years of manufacturing experience to apply technological advances and modern materials to the build process while keeping the appearance of the parts the same.
"There is a pure feeling of joy when it comes to driving a Miata, of any generation," said Masahiro Moro, chairman and CEO of Mazda North America. "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."
In 2000, the Guinness Book of World Records named the MX-5 the best-selling two-seat sports car in history, with a total production of 531,890 units. By 2016, Mazda had broken its Guinness World Record by producing its one-millionth MX-5. The one-millionth car rolled off the production line and was displayed in select cities, where the first 240 fans of the Miata could sign the vehicle before it went to the next destination.
The expansion of the Miata restoration parts program coincides with the brand’s celebration of 30 years of the Miata following the debut of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary in February at the Chicago Auto Show. The announcement of the parts program also coincided with the Miata Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, which was held on October 11 to 13. Hundreds of fans showed up with their own Miatas to honor the iconic roadster.
The First-Generation MX-5 Miata Restoration Parts List is available here.