When you think of ’90’s rally legends, thoughts rarely turn to Mazda. However, this 323 or ‘Familia’ as it was known in Japan, is worthy of inclusion. Only 200 were made in white and this example must be one of the best remaining. The price may look a little heavy, but compare it to a Delta Evo of the same era and it starts to look reasonable value!
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Advertised on eBay and now Sold
For sale is my Mazda MX5 ‘Monster Miata’. This thing is completely barking mad, and has caused an absolute storm on the internet since I finished building it, and last week was photographed and written about for an upcoming Magazine appearance.
There have been a few lifted MX5’s built in the USA, and a couple in Europe, but without being rude, these cars are often built to a poor standard. MOT failures that have had the arches hacked out of them and a lift kit fitted.
I’m really fussy and wanted to build one properly. I have owned classic 911’s and Aston Martins, and therefore there was a no expense spared approach to this one. I always like dune buggies, lifted trucks and other off road stuff, so this MX5 was the perfect fun project.
I started out with one of the best Mk2.5 MX5’s I could find, one that had over £1400 spent on it purely in new sills and chassis welding etc. All these Mk2 MX5’s rot really badly, and I looked at many before I bought this one that was in really great condition inside and out, and was previously owned by the head of the MX5 owners club.
This is one of the rarer ‘Phoenix’ edition cars, which means that it has the most powerful 1850cc 146bhp VVTi engine as standard.
It also has:
Heated leather interior
Nardi 3 spoke leather steering wheel
Leather Door cards
Heated Glass screen hood
Remote central locking with remote boot open
Upgraded 4 speaker stereo system
The car has been fitted with a Torsen LSD to ensure it grips hard in all surfaces, which it does incredibly well.
Everything else that has been done to this car was brand new or specially fabricated.
The Paco Motorsports lift kit was imported from the USA by myself. This provides a massive 15″ of ground clearance.
Pro-Sport extended adjustable anti-roll bar drop links.
The 15″ steel wheels were fabricated specially for this vehicle. They are painted metallic black with red ‘RAYS ENGINEERING’ decals lacquered into them.
The nudge bars, light bars and other metalwork were hand fabricated by a local company and are excellent in design and build.
The Hella lights are all brand new, fully working, and wired perfectly using 30 amp cabling and banks of Hella relays. They are wired to 2 switches in the dash and can be ran independently of the car lights, or will come on with high beam or a flash of the lights. They are stupidly bright and very very cool…
The car has been fitted with a Pipercross high flow filter which sounds great.
Steel roll hoops – very sturdy.
Sabelt tow straps front and rear, plus Sabelt roll cage protector wraps around the side bars of the roll hoops.
Focus RS bonnet vents
29″ mud Terrain tyres.
2.5″ Jap style arch flares.
Pressed metal rear plate.
The colour is NATO GreenGrey in extreme matt finish.
The car comes with a Tonneau cover as seen in the photos, which can be fitted when the hood is down.
The CB antenna is a 6ft Sirio whip, all correctly mounted and wired in, and is wired to a TTi CB in the dashboard, which was professionally installed into the second DIN unit. It has all the FM/AM UK/EU/USA Channels.
Stainless steel exhaust system painted ceramic black.
The car has been undersealed with RAPTOR.
The head unit has been upgraded with a Bluetooth, handsfree, USB system with remote control. It sounds very good and will stream music off your phone via bluetooth, make and receive calls etc.
The car has just been 3D aligned and toe/camber set.
The interior of the car is in excellent condition for the age and everything on this vehicle works correctly as it should. It is a brilliant to drive.
The hood is in good condition and the car is watertight even in heavy rain.
I cannot describe how much fun this thing is on the road. It is truly crazy. It handles well, can be chucked around quite a lot, it goes well, sounds great.
It attracts attention like you would not believe. Everywhere you go people are shouting, waving, taking photos. If you park it anywhere, expect to find people having their photo taken next to it.
It looks like it shouldn’t be allowed on the public highway, but it’s all perfectly legal.
Starts first turn of the key and runs great as you expect from an MX5.
The heater and the heated seats are amazing, and make it the perfect vehicle for summer or ripping up the snow in winter.
11 Months MOT.
Hendy Performance are delighted to be able offer you, this very rare opportunity to own this Classic Ford Sierra RS Cosworth. We have photographed this car and put on display, without us touching the vehicle in any shape or form. The car is 99% original, with just a Stainless Steel Exhaust added, as the standard ones don’t have the longest life span. This RS was originally supplied by ourselves in 1986, with the original number plates and stickers still on the car and the owner kept the car until 2004 and has only covered couple of thousand miles since then, where it has been stored away in a warm garage. We have the majority of the MOT’s the car as ever had, the original bill of sale and lots of receipts for work carried out over the years. The car had a Service and Cambelt change in June 2018 with local RS Specialists Tremona Garage in Southampton. The inside of the car, still smells like the 80’s and is in fantastic condition, with only a slight sagging in the seats. Pictures, really do not do this car justice, so if you would like to arrange to come and view this car and have the once in a lifetime chance of owning this classic, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please note, Test drives are not available on this car.
Super rare GTV version of the original 1.6 Celica Mk1
- The GTV was powered by the same 1.6-litre Twin Cam (2T-G) as the GT
- All the features of the GT with a lightweight interior, bigger roll bars and stiffer suspension
- Finished in Deep Olive with a black cloth interior
- Built for the Japanese home market, hence the condition today
- Showing just 41,102 km (25,688 miles) on the odometer and now UK registered
The Mazda Cosmo is a grand touring coupé that was produced by Mazda from 1967 to 1995. Throughout its history, the Cosmo served as a “halo” vehicle for Mazda, with the first Cosmo successfully launching the Mazda Wankel engine. The final generation of Cosmo served as Mazda’s flagship vehicle in Japan, being sold as the Eunos Cosmo through its luxury Eunos division in Japan.
Mazda chose to use the name “cosmo“, reflecting international cultural fascination with the Space Race, as Mazda wanted to showcase the rotary engine as forward-thinking, with a focus on future developments and technology.
More information on this actual vehicle is available on the Auto Classics website using the link at the top of the page.
Sold by Stone Cold Classics
The body presents in fantastic condition, the paint is still excellent with no dings or scrapes and the interior is spotless and unworn. The tyres look hardly worn and the wheels are completely unmarked. The pop-up lights work perfectly benefiting from one new motor, new diodes for both sides and new relays.
This car looks great value if you are a lover of weird Japanese metal. With just 83,000 miles on the clock it’s got lots of life left in it, just a faulty rear window and sound from the speakers to fix. MOT history shows money has been spent recently and the car has been off the road for some time but the owner is using it regularly so hopefully it will retain the Toyota reputation for reliability. Up for £1650 but surely £1500 cash buys it? For sale on Gumtree.com
On eBay right now is this crazy four-wheel-drive XR2 sporting a 450bhp Cosworth motor from a Sierra!
As we type the car is on £14,300 with 34 bids and 9 days to go.
What do we think of this beauty? A yellow 1972 Datsun 240Z – fully restored.
An original UK supplied car with just 3 former keepers from new with the last owner having had it for almost 12 years.
Its being sold on Autotrader due to lack of use (only driven 100 miles in the last 7 years!).
The car has been dry stored for its entire life, so it’s been treated to a life of luxury and well looked after.
Its had a full chassis up restoration including engine and gearbox rebuild which is all documented.
The advert states the MOT is current and advisory free until 16th June 2016, so you might want confirmation on that one.
Head over to Autotrader UK where it is being listed for sale by a Trade Seller.