We are big fans of Mazda's MX-5. Mike is an experienced racer and successfully competes with his own Mk1, so knows their quirks and foibles better than anyone. On this page we share a case study of a major restoration of a very early Mk1 MX-5, a car we're sure is a future classic. We'd love to hear from you if you've a similar car in need of some TLC. You can contact us here

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Part 1 - This car (above) belongs to motoring writer Rich Duisberg, and, as he freely admits - it has had a hard life. The chassis number is in the ...500's meaning it is one of the oldest Mk1 on the road. His intention (and our aim) is to restore it to the original spec and get it looking like it did when it left the factory in Japan over 25 years ago. At ten paces this car looks OK but the fact it arrived on a trailer tells a different story. Up on the ramps we see original and heavily crusted suspension, worn out bushes and, as fellow MX-5 owners will know to expect, quite a bit of rust. It also needs work on the brakes, exhaust, roof and trim. We aim to repair or replace both front wings (rust), perhaps the doors too (rust) and clean up the patchwork underside which has suffered from, yes, rust. It's well worth saving though, we'll also service it and get it in good shape in the coming weeks. This car is due to be featured alongside the forthcoming Mk4 MX-5 later this year. Check back for part 2 of our restoration in late June where we look at how to fix some of that crust in more detail! In the meantime, here's a little film showing this car in action in a film of the history of the MX-5