5ev3n New Reader
Jan. 29, 2010 9:01 a.m.

Man, craigslist in Detroit is the best. The most obscure things appear. such as this mazda Z3. I mean BMW Miata... shocked.

John Brown SuperDork
Jan. 29, 2010 9:30 a.m.

I would rock that, needs 100% more LSx.

RossD Dork
Jan. 29, 2010 9:33 a.m.

Someone very confused thought that other very confused people would like that. I'm just confused on how someone could be so confused. That is just that, confusing. Where's that confounded bridge?

Schmidlap Reader
Jan. 29, 2010 9:37 a.m.

Here's another one from Detroit, the ultra rare 4-door, station wagon 928.





DeadSkunk Reader
Jan. 29, 2010 9:44 a.m.

I looked at one of these conversions at the Carlisle Import and Kit Car Show a couple of years ago. While it's not what I would do to repair a damaged Miata, it did make a decent car it terms of fit and finish. You'd have to get past the whole "poser" stigma associated with it, but for a Challenge base or a track rat, I could grin and bear it! Like the ad states, do it in hot rod black to make it as sinister as possible and be able to laugh at yourself ! Most of my neighbours wouldn't know what they were looking at anyway !

Carson Dork
Jan. 29, 2010 9:47 a.m.

They did it 180* wrong, it should have been a BMW powered Miata, not a Miata powered BMW.

Keith SuperDork
Jan. 29, 2010 10:48 a.m.

Yeah, those Z3 conversions are weird. Although the original Z3 had a worse power/weight ratio than the Miata when it was introduced

Can't figure out why that 928 wagon "won't accelerate properly". It's like it's missing a few cylinders

oldsaw HalfDork
Jan. 29, 2010 11:05 a.m.

What's with the infatuation for non-M series Z3's?

This would be a personal candidate for a Miata body-kit:

Keith SuperDork
Jan. 29, 2010 11:39 a.m.

The Italia is one of the best looking Miata rebodies out there. It needs more offset on the rear wheels to deal with those fatter rear fenders and a bit of attention to detail but overall it really works. I think part of the secret is that it's "inspired by", it's not a replica. Replicas always look a bit off, the Italia is simply a 60's-ish car that was never made at the time.

I've also seen a Cobra rebody that worked far better than it has any right to too. And of course, there's the awkward M1stang which is probably the only Miata to appear in Hot Rod. So far

DeadSkunk Reader
Jan. 29, 2010 11:54 a.m.

You hiding something, Keith?

Capt Slow HalfDork
Jan. 29, 2010 11:57 a.m.

yea, he seems to know a bit TOO much about these rebodies...

DeadSkunk Reader
Jan. 29, 2010 11:58 a.m.

I was reacting to "So far."

93celicaGT2 SuperDork
Jan. 29, 2010 12:28 p.m.

I would rock the Mazda Z3. Just for the sheer hilarity of it.

Just to make it even worse for everyone, i'd dump the turbo truck motor from the MX6 and put it in there.

Looks like a Miata, a Z3, sounds like a... TRACTOR?!?!?

Keith SuperDork
Jan. 29, 2010 12:48 p.m.

Hey, it's what I do for a living! We've had at least one Italia come through here.

mistanfo Dork
Jan. 29, 2010 3:18 p.m.

I wonder if a V8 Miata might make the pages of Hot Rod one of these days. Seems like the kind of thing some of their readers would be into.

Spinout007 HalfDork
Jan. 29, 2010 8:01 p.m.

not old enough, they're getting better about FI though,

Spinout007 HalfDork
Jan. 29, 2010 8:03 p.m.

Though I do like the whole flip forward clamshell.

P71 SuperDork
Jan. 29, 2010 8:28 p.m.


Hornet Sportabout's could come with V8's, so that one might not be "down 2 cylinders". It could have a 304 or a 360...

Keith SuperDork
Jan. 30, 2010 9:27 a.m.
mistanfo wrote: I wonder if a V8 Miata might make the pages of Hot Rod one of these days. Seems like the kind of thing some of their readers would be into.

I'm kinda hoping. And I'll be at Laguna Seca with one in a few months, although it's just a weedy LS1. Who knows, they might be interested in an MG with an LS1. I'll have to start practicing my burnouts.

I thought the 928 wagon was an AMC Eagle. My bad.

kcbhiw Reader
Jan. 30, 2010 10:58 a.m.


joey48442 SuperDork
Jan. 30, 2010 11:19 a.m.

thats so weird!


Woody SuperDork
Jan. 30, 2010 11:25 a.m.
kcbhiw wrote: win?

Is it wrong to love this?

P71 SuperDork
Jan. 30, 2010 11:39 a.m.

If that MiatE30 is P71 powered the GRM-verse will implode!

Oh and Kieth, the Eagle Wagons could come with V8's as well AMC didn't like to leave any stone unturned in it's quest for variants. In fact, there's a 360 AWD one up here with woodgrain that soooo wrong it's right again.

93celicaGT2 SuperDork
Jan. 30, 2010 11:52 a.m.
oldsaw wrote: What's with the infatuation for non-M series Z3's? This would be a personal candidate for a Miata body-kit:

I would rock that. With a huge intecooler stuffed behind it, some gigantic rubbers, and preferably 400+whp. Not because it'd be any good at anything, it would just add to the WTF factor.

"Did i just get passed by a hopelessly overboosted FERRARI!?!?!?!"

Josh Dork
Jan. 30, 2010 12:01 p.m.
oldsaw wrote: What's with the infatuation for non-M series Z3's?

Back in the late '90s when that kit was developed, a new Z3 was a 40k BMW status symbol, and M1 Miatas were reliable used cars that sold for a tiny fraction of that. Of course it looks pretty silly now that a really nice M1 costs about the same as an early Z3.

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