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  • [Traitor Car] 1993 Mazda Eunos Roadster

    So, I picked up a new car today

    Was after something for a bit of fun for the weekends and to take me to work on the days where cycling wouldn't be appealing.

    I felt the best option for my money was an MX5. Easy to work on, cheap parts, rwd, reliable and a convertible. Didn't even need to convince the misses, she's all for it!

    I decided I wanted a MK1 as they're a bit more raw than the newer models. They're a bit of a classic now, they don't suffer as badly from rot and they're starting to appreciate in value.

    I registered on MX5Nutz.com and it wasn't long before I was having a long chat with a guy local to me about a car he was selling that fitted the bill. Went down this morning and spent a good few hours looking round the car, taking it for a test drive and generally having a good chat with him about all kinds of crap. So with my pocket a few pennies lighter, I came home with a 1993 1.6 Japanese import.

    Good bits:
    • Completely rust free. Sills, arches and rails are solid, magnet sticks everywhere.
    • Underneath and the sills have been rustproofed.
    • Low miles. Currently a bit over 99,000 kms; so ~61,500 miles.
    • All old MOT certificates verifying the mileage.
    • British Racing Green and tan leather interior, classic combo.
    • New oil, oil filter, coolant and thermostat.
    • Decent hood with no leaks and a new rear window.
    • Completely unmolestered, still has the original mats and stereo.
    • Think it has some different springs on it from standard so it sits a bit lower with a slightly firmer ride.
    • Cobra alarm fitted with certificate.
    • Good amount of tax and MOT.
    • Good tyres.

    Bad bits:
    • No service history other than old MOTs.
    • Gearbox oil could do with changing.
    • A few blemishes on the bodywork...but it's great for 21 years old.

    There are several other good bits but I won't bore you with too much detail. And I really can't think of too much else right now that's wrong with it!

    Here are some pics I got from the bloke selling it:










    Nice clean arches and sills:






    Interior refurb:



















    Big clear out of parts
    Corsa D Yellow LE
    Corsa B Atlantis Blue
    Mazda Eunos V-Spec

  • #2
    That looks good. I like that colour combination. If you've got one that hasn't suffered tinworm then you've done well. They go from the inside out, so if it's all looking solid and it was protected when first imported it's a good buy.
    1972 Viva restoration thread - http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-b....html#post1534

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    • #3
      Looks lovely. Is that a Nardi Turino wheel too? Worth a few quid if it is.
      Looks like a gleneagles special edition actually.

      Very nice.

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      • #4
        I'm not normally a fan of tan interiors but I'm a convert after this, I think it looks great with the brg.

        The mk1 doesn't really suffer from the inside out rot issue too much. That was more the mk2 that had several sheets of metal joined together to stiffen the front when ncap was introduced, meaning trapped moisture rusted it from the inside out. The mk2 would also rot on the chassis rails but the mk1 doesn't really suffer from that. It's more the arches and sills the mk1 suffers from.

        You can feel all the original spot welds and metalwork on the arches, the underneath is solid and the sills are clear and clean.

        The guy I got it from is the Taurus of MX5Nutz so I know it's a good one haha.

        Danny it's the original Nardi steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake.
        Big clear out of parts
        Corsa D Yellow LE
        Corsa B Atlantis Blue
        Mazda Eunos V-Spec

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        • #5
          I should mention it's the v-special model, so top of the range in 1993. That means abs, power steering, air con and electric windows.
          Big clear out of parts
          Corsa D Yellow LE
          Corsa B Atlantis Blue
          Mazda Eunos V-Spec

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          • #6
            Originally posted by nibnob21 View Post
            It's more the arches and sills the mk1 suffers from.

            You can feel all the original spot welds and metalwork on the arches, the underneath is solid and the sills are clear and clean.
            Yes - that's the area I was referring to. The Mk 1 doesn't have the same issue at the front as the Mk 2, but many of them rot inside out at the back of the sill / rear wheelarch area. An import that was properly treated on arrival in the UK is a very wise buy, and the early 1.6 is better than the later ones.
            1972 Viva restoration thread - http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-b....html#post1534

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            • #7
              Not really a fan at all if I'm honest, a boring car in an even more boring colour, with an even more boring interior. It screams old man to me. Good luck with it though, sure it will be great.
              |> Spec2 R33 Skyline GTS-T <|

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              • #8
                As harsh as the above sounds, I thought similar.

                Lovely condition, but I can just imagine some 50 something year old driving it with the roof down. On phone to friends saying he's in the sports car

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                • #9


                  You're entitled to your opinions, I wouldn't expect everyone to be a fan. Maybe it needs some pink wheels...
                  Big clear out of parts
                  Corsa D Yellow LE
                  Corsa B Atlantis Blue
                  Mazda Eunos V-Spec

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                  • #10
                    That would at least cheer it up a little bit.

                    - - - Updated - - -

                    Although i will say thats probably the best ive ever seen a home DIY leather restore work.. Impressive.
                    |> Spec2 R33 Skyline GTS-T <|

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Taurus View Post
                      Yes - that's the area I was referring to. The Mk 1 doesn't have the same issue at the front as the Mk 2, but many of them rot inside out at the back of the sill / rear wheelarch area. An import that was properly treated on arrival in the UK is a very wise buy, and the early 1.6 is better than the later ones.
                      Yeah I checked those areas properly and it really is immaculate. No filler, all original rust free metal. The sills are clear of crap and water drains out properly. The arches are original and clean with no rust. The inside of the sills have even had rust protection stuff injected inside them.
                      Big clear out of parts
                      Corsa D Yellow LE
                      Corsa B Atlantis Blue
                      Mazda Eunos V-Spec

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                      • #12
                        Looks good condition, I only like it a bit of it if you have it sideways

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dave View Post
                          That would at least cheer it up a little bit.

                          Although i will say thats probably the best ive ever seen a home DIY leather restore work.. Impressive.
                          Yeah he has done a good job of the refurb. The seats will need looking after, but I've got a bottles of Gliptone cleaner and conditioner that I bought for the Corsa and never even opened. Meant to be really good stuff and should keep the leather supple.

                          Plan is eventually to get some different wheels when I can afford some. I fancy some gold ones with a polished rim. Something similar to these perhaps...

                          OS Mesh - ROTA Wheels
                          Originally posted by dannyboy View Post
                          Looks good condition, I only like it a bit of it if you have it sideways
                          Haven't had it sideways yet. Had a bit of tyre squeal on a roundabout though.

                          They're not as susceptible to killing people as the MR2, so I think it will take a lot to get it sideways in the dry. I'm not as much as a hooligan as you though Danny lol.
                          Big clear out of parts
                          Corsa D Yellow LE
                          Corsa B Atlantis Blue
                          Mazda Eunos V-Spec

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by nibnob21 View Post

                            Haven't had it sideways yet. Had a bit of tyre squeal on a roundabout though.

                            They're not as susceptible to killing people as the MR2, so I think it will take a lot to get it sideways in the dry. I'm not as much as a hooligan as you though Danny lol.
                            Im not a hooligan , I make sure roads are clear first lol
                            When its wet roundabouts become addictive, im sure you will find it good, whats the power output on the 1.6?

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                            • #15
                              Boom son!

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                              I lowered it too, because I can.
                              |> Spec2 R33 Skyline GTS-T <|

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