Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/11/24 10:06 a.m.

FM's "Project Ron" is  a nice 2003 that got a refresh and then got a full chassis and powerplant upgrade with some emissions legal turbo boost. The idea is a fully streetable Miata that can will also work well for HPDEs and track days. It'll do well at autox too but I suspect that turbo does terrible things for classing.

We did a build series on it, and now it's time for it to move on. It's up on BaT with no reserve. Obviously, 100% affiliated.
https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2003-mazda-mx-5-miata-ls-4/

calteg
calteg SuperDork
1/11/24 1:57 p.m.

Wish FM did a poorer job of marketing themselves. That thing is gonna bring big money!

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia UberDork
1/11/24 2:03 p.m.

Cool car  , Hope it does well , 

Did they give you the option of a reserve ?

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/11/24 2:24 p.m.

In reply to calteg :

As the guy who did a lot of that high level marketing, I will not apologize! BaT bidders do value the FM name, to the point where BaT is willing to put our name in the auction description. They initially had it listed as a Flyin' Miata-Modified 2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 6-speed (it IS the LS trim level) but I pointed out that might be misleading :)

In reply to californiamilleghia :

They suggested it would do better without one. I don't think the lack of reserve will bite us given the early bidding.

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/12/24 4:33 p.m.

It just moved out of my price range, dang. Wish I had more than $10. LOL, but seriously folks, that's such a cool car. 

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
1/13/24 8:24 a.m.

My NB build will replicate a lot of this and be somewhat similar.  It just won't be burgundy or naned Ron.  The labor is all on me too.  I bet this car does well on BaT.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/18/24 3:23 p.m.

The car sold for $31,000, which I have to say is more than I expected. I'm quite happy about it, though, because it makes it much easier to do another build like this!

dyintorace
dyintorace GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
1/18/24 4:34 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

The car sold for $31,000, which I have to say is more than I expected. I'm quite happy about it, though, because it makes it much easier to do another build like this!

Congrats on the strong sale! More proof that the Flyin' Miata name means a lot to enthusiasts! 

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
1/18/24 8:05 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

The car sold for $31,000, which I have to say is more than I expected. I'm quite happy about it, though, because it makes it much easier to do another build like this!

It also means buying from FM and replicating one of their builds is economical.....  think my wife will agree?

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/18/24 9:22 p.m.

In reply to AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) :

I think you make a strong case. 

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
1/19/24 12:59 a.m.
Keith Tanner said:

In reply to AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) :

I think you make a strong case. 

It won't be an exact replica but it will definitely rhyme a lot.  I looked under Ron's hood and ordered another part since it is compatible with the turbo install.  

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