Automobiles & Bids, a comparatively new web site that makes a speciality of auctioning fashionable vehicles, is promoting a Mazda MX-5 Miata in 2002. Whereas that is hardly uncommon, this instance misplaced its four-cylinder engine and received a Jaguar V6.
It is apparently simpler to tug a 3.0-liter six out of a 2000 S-Sort and drop it into an unsuspecting Miata than it sounds. England-based Rocketeer provides a package that’s comparatively straightforward to swap out. Nevertheless, the itemizing signifies that the manufacturing facility air-con shouldn’t be appropriate with the brand new engine. Except for the chilly air, the set up is so neat that it appears to be like like Mazda envisioned the Miata with a much bigger engine. Jags V6 inevitably will increase the load of a roadster that’s praised worldwide for its nimble dealing with, but it surely additionally brings numerous energy to the desk.
A 2002 Miata is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that develops 142 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. The instance listed on Automobiles & Bids places 220 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque underneath the driving force’s proper foot, numbers that barely offset the load achieve. And considerably surprisingly, the six turns the rear wheels by way of a normal five-speed handbook transmission. Flyin ‘Miata pendulum rods and Koni shock absorbers enhance dealing with.
Shut the hood and this Jagazda appears to be like like an odd 18 yr previous Miata. The vendor made no modifications to the bodywork, it’s nonetheless painted in its unique shade of silver and saved the usual 15-inch wheels. The twin exhaust suggestions trace on the V6 however are sufficiently subtle to shock quite a lot of racers on the subsequent autocross occasion.
The public sale is now reside and the bid is $ 4,250 on the time of writing. There are about three days left earlier than the hammer falls. In the event you miss your likelihood to seize it, a number of shops promote kits that seasoned shadow tree mechanics can use to suit Mazda’s Ok-Collection V6 (which powers the MX-6 and Ford Probe, amongst others) into an older Miata.