Mazda has added two more models to its burgeoning heritage restoration program. The second- and third-generation Mazda RX-7 join the first-generation Mazda MX-5 in having range of factory parts made available as part of its heritage parts program.
Japanese media is reporting the program has already started in Japan with a total of 91 parts made available from the two generations of Mazda’s iconic sports car. That’s a fraction of the approximately 1100 parts the Japanese manufacturer has released for the NA generation MX-5.
The program is currently limited to FC3S second-generation and the third-generation FD3S RX-7 models. The catalogue of available parts include basic necessities such as bolts and washers as well as harder to source components like seals, gaskets vacuum hoses, bushings, and throttle sensors.
Mazda says the initial catalogue of heritage parts was compiled based on feedback from specialist RX-7 service shops and restorers in Japan.
The second-generation RX-7 was on sale from 1988-92 and enjoyed a production run of over 272,000 cars while the third generation enjoyed a 10-year production run between 1992-2002. Some 68,589 were produced before Mazda retired the nameplate in 2002.
There are no plans at this stage, however, for Mazda to offer a full factory restoration program for the RX-7, as it currently does for the MX-5. Still, that could change as the program expands and the demand for genuine parts to help keep the ageing sports cars on the road increases.
Mazda has been restoring NA-gen MX-5s since 2018. So popular is the program in Japan, owners have to apply to Mazda to have their cars considered for restoration. Each application is reviewed by Mazda and only approved if the car is currently registered and doesn’t have any significant damage or rust. Mazda was swamped with over 600 applications when it first announced the restoration project in 2017.
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