kreb Dork
Nov. 6, 2009 10:29 a.m.

http://www.autokonexion.com/

also seen here:

http://jalopnik.com/5397110/miata-rx-makes-rotary-fetishists-dreams-come-true

$1,800. That's pretty damn tempting, considering a used standard hardtop goes for around $1000

thoughts?

splitime Reader
Nov. 6, 2009 10:31 a.m.

Fitment has tended to be so so. Mike even says it should be done by someone who does fiberglass to finish it.
Then again, maybe this latest full top will fit better.

www.clubroadster.net for all details through its original addon design and current design. Along with the flares etc he sells.... CR.net has been the growing ground.

mattmacklind SuperDork
Nov. 6, 2009 12:11 p.m.

Doesn't look as good as the Miata coupes that were made early on, looks too ricer-ish.

Spinout007 Reader
Nov. 6, 2009 12:44 p.m.

I kinda like it. Still, my biggest complaint about a top of any kind on a miata, Freaking huge blind spots, on a car that small, it's just dangerous. Still I like it.

Rusnak_322 Reader
Nov. 6, 2009 12:58 p.m.
Spinout007 wrote: I kinda like it. Still, my biggest complaint about a top of any kind on a miata, Freaking huge blind spots, on a car that small, it's just dangerous. Still I like it.

the blind spot on my Miata is way smaller with the hard top on then it is with the soft top. Look at the size of the hardtop window compared to the soft top. It is at least as good as an average sedan that I have driven. Sure, no top is best but that can't be done year round in ohio.

Autolex HalfDork
Nov. 6, 2009 1:16 p.m.

yeah, but think about NO top!?

Keith SuperDork
Nov. 6, 2009 1:47 p.m.

I've always felt the original Coupe showcar was the prettiest. Little Zagato bubble on the top and some very nice lines. Lots of useful room in the interior and a real trunk. Never made production but I've always been tempted to try making a replica.

Trivia - it's asymmetrical. The team tried different treatments where the C pillar blends into the trunklid. I'd never noticed until Tom Matano pointed it out to me when we were standing in front of the car.

mad_machine SuperDork
Nov. 6, 2009 2:26 p.m.

I agree... where they tried to make a coupe is MUCH better

nderwater Reader
Nov. 6, 2009 2:27 p.m.

In reply to Keith:

Very FD RX-7. Gorgeous!

Spinout007 Reader
Nov. 6, 2009 2:52 p.m.
Autolex wrote: yeah, but think about NO top!?

Agree'd that is the optimum way to drive a miata, Looking at their website it states that you have to remove the trunk lid, but has to be reinstalled if you want to go topless. Kinda gives it a mini 350zish look, dunno, I like it, would prob do it for a weekend/track car, but I would make the attempt to it myself before shelling out that kind of cash, you can see where they loped the back of a factory hardtop off to get the forward half of the mold.

914Driver SuperDork
Nov. 6, 2009 4:41 p.m.

Viper Baby?

Woody SuperDork
Nov. 6, 2009 4:51 p.m.

I've always loved that yellow coupe and I would own one if they had put them into production.

Of course, I bought two of the regular ones anyway, so they didn't exactly lose me as a customer.

We need Zeintec to do a Miata Zeintop.

http://forums.pelicanparts.com/boxster-cayman-forum/442785-zeintop-2001-boxster-s.html

asterisk New Reader
Nov. 6, 2009 6:57 p.m.

It looks like the hardtop Spoon made for the S2000:

jcanracer Reader
Nov. 6, 2009 6:59 p.m.

I read the jalopnik article 5 mins after it was posted, and i was like... DO WANT!

Autolex HalfDork
Nov. 6, 2009 8:41 p.m.
Keith wrote:

That's GORGEOUS!

93celicaGT2 SuperDork
Nov. 7, 2009 11:50 a.m.

They actually did make a coupe.

DILYSI Dave SuperDork
Nov. 7, 2009 12:06 p.m.

That Spoon S2K is sick.

Zman New Reader
Nov. 7, 2009 6:26 p.m.

WOW tha tmakes it look so much hotter imo :D

EDIT: That S2000 Fastback is EVEN HOTTER!

Keith SuperDork
Nov. 7, 2009 6:52 p.m.

I never liked the semi-production coupe (Japan only, 2003 or so) as much as that one-off.

More pictures of various Miata coupes here.

CLNSC3 Reader
Nov. 12, 2009 1:10 a.m.
93celicaGT2 wrote: They actually did make a coupe.

I want this car SO bad! Its a damn shame they never made it to the US!

JeepinMatt Reader
Nov. 12, 2009 1:32 a.m.

The MX-5 really does look a lot better as a coupe, but that applies IMHO to most cars

Nov. 12, 2009 6:05 a.m.
Keith wrote: I never liked the semi-production coupe (Japan only, 2003 or so) as much as that one-off. More pictures of various Miata coupes here.

Keith, how was that car made? It looks like a hard top blended in with bondo. Looks good though, can it be replicated?

Gearheadotaku Reader
Nov. 12, 2009 7:16 a.m.

A coupe version would make Miata ownership much more viable for me. Miata shooting brake?

skeeler New Reader
Nov. 12, 2009 9:23 a.m.
splitime wrote: Fitment has tended to be so so. Mike even says it should be done by someone who does fiberglass to finish it.

What's the word on the fitment of the other Autokonexion parts, like the hoods and trunklids?

Keith SuperDork
Nov. 12, 2009 10:44 a.m.
Adrian_Thompson wrote: Keith, how was that car made? It looks like a hard top blended in with bondo. Looks good though, can it be replicated?

It's not just a normal hardtop blended in, it's a custom piece. The glass and roof shape are wrong for the normal top. Of course it could be replicated if you have the right skills, it was made by humans.

Here are the only pictures I've ever seen of its construction. The dates are interesting, I remember this car coming out in 1996. Mazda's design studio used to have a website with more info on the car, but it's all gone now.

As I said, I'd love to build a replica of this car.

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