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Customer Query: What Seats Are Suitable for My Marlin Cabrio?

A customer recently asked about finding suitable seats for their Marlin Cabrio. They had attempted to fit Mazda MX-5 seats but found them too large for the compact cabin, with the lower base and back recline handle catching on the cabin sides. The customer needed smaller seats to ensure a proper fit and compliance with IVA standards.

Dimensions of Mazda MX-5 Seats

When considering alternative seats for your customer’s Marlin Cabrio, especially in light of the IVA requirements and the need for smaller dimensions, it’s helpful to compare the dimensions of the Mazda MX-5 seats to ensure compatibility.

Mazda MX-5 Mk1 (NA):

  • Seat Width: Approximately 19.5 inches (495 mm) at the widest point (shoulder area).
  • Seat Base Width: Around 18 inches (457 mm).

Mazda MX-5 Mk2 (NB):

  • Seat Width: Roughly the same as Mk1, about 19.5 inches (495 mm) at the shoulders.
  • Seat Base Width: Also around 18 inches (457 mm).

The Mazda MX-5 seats are known for being relatively compact, but the shoulder width might still pose issues in narrower cabin spaces like that of the Marlin Cabrio. Users in forums have noted that while the seats from both Mk1 and Mk2 are interchangeable, they do not significantly differ in size, making them similarly unsuitable for extremely tight fits if even a slight width difference is critical​

Seat Options for Your marlin Cabrio

Here’s our selection of recommended seats that fit the cabin space. All these seats can be base mounted, making fitment easier. Even though the list is not exhaustive, it does provide a good selection of motorsport and classic options.

  • Sparco FIA Racing Bucket Seats

    From £194.50 Excl. VAT Select options This product has multiple variants. The options may be chosen on the product page

Sparco Sprint

Width: 44 cm
Height: 88 cm
Depth: 55 cm
Description: The Sparco Sprint bucket seat is designed for narrow fit applications, providing excellent support for track days and vigorous driving. It features a tubular steel frame and is covered in high-quality materials for durability.

  • Cobra Road And Track Seats

    From £215.83 Excl. VAT Select options This product has multiple variants. The options may be chosen on the product page

Cobra Monaco Pro

Width: 44 cm
Height: 86 cm
Depth: 53 cm
Description: The Cobra Monaco Pro is another narrow fit bucket seat ideal for motorsport applications. It is constructed with a robust steel frame and offers substantial lateral support, making it suitable for both road and track use.

  • Corbeau Retro Reclining Sport Seats

    From £288.00 Excl. VAT Select options This product has multiple variants. The options may be chosen on the product page

Corbeau Sportsman Recliner

Width: 41.5 cm
Height: 85 cm
Depth: 50 cm
Description: The Corbeau Sportsman Recliner is perfect for classic cars and kit cars with limited space. It offers adjustable reclining positions and comes in various trims, including cloth, vinyl, and leather, providing a balance of comfort and style.

  • Cobra Historic Roadster Bucket Seats

    From £474.17 Excl. VAT Select options This product has multiple variants. The options may be chosen on the product page

Cobra Roadster 7

Width
: 40 cm
Height: 74.5 cm
Depth: 79 cm
Description: The Cobra Roadster 7 is a versatile seat suitable for both classic and motorsport applications. It maximizes legroom by utilizing the angle of the rear bulkhead and provides excellent support and comfort. It is available with various customization options, including harness slots and different trim materials.

Final Thoughts

For the Marlin Cabrio, considering the compact cabin space, the above seats from SportSeats4U.co.uk offer a range of options that balance fit, comfort, and compliance with IVA standards. The Sparco Sprint and Cobra Monaco Pro are excellent choices for motorsport enthusiasts, while the Corbeau Sportsman Recliner and Cobra Roadster SR provide a classic look with modern comfort. The Cobra Roadster 7 serves as a hybrid option, offering versatility for both classic and racing applications. By selecting one of these seats, the customer can ensure a proper fit and enhance their driving experience.

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