Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ferrazda Dinata: 1990 Mazda Miata Kit Car

This next feature comes from DT contributor Gianni:  The Ferrari 246 Dino was the Scuderia’s answer to the Porsche 911.  When it was introduced, it was just the 246 Dino and not the Ferrari 246 Dino as Enzo had decreed a Ferrari has 12 cylinders, and the Dino had 6.   Like almost everything from Maranello, Dino’s saw a bubble of appreciation in the 80’s, a crash in the 90’s and now strong appreciation.  A 246 Dino GT in #3 condition could have been had for 60K in 2006, now will set you back a cool 280K.  So what is a DT-er with the net worth of a mere mortal to do?  Kit car!   Now at this point you’d expect me to point to a VW-based kit car, but what is the answer to every automotive question?  Miata!  Find this 1990 NA Miata-based 246 Dino replica here on eBay bidding for $8,050 with reserve not met and a $12,500 Buy-It-Now, located in New York, NY.


I wonder if this is the shape of things to come kit-car wise as the last beetle was sold in the U.S. some 38 years ago – the supply must be drying up.  Since the Dino is a mid engined car and the Miata is front engined, expect some odd proportions with your bargain exotic.


The ad says that this replica started life as a 1990 Miata (oh, no short nosed crank!), but the dash shot shows a passenger airbag.  Passenger airbags weren’t fitted to the Miata until 1994.  Bonus points for the upholstery that mimics the Dino’s “chairs”.  Minus points for not straightening the steering wheel before taking the photo.



The car retains its ragtop as well as a customized hardtop.  The original Dino came as a coupe (GT) and a targa (GTS).   When you pull the hardtop on this facsimile, some funky flying buttresses are left behind.  Kinda reminds me of the Mach 5.


There aren’t any engine pictures in the ad, but a random shot of the underside shows the I-4 to still be intact in the font and relatively clean.  No extra charge for the overspray either.


The ad copy says: “Turns heads pictures taken, Horns Honk, thumbs go up what an attention getter it is”.  I’m not so sure its heads that turn and if you really want that kind of attention.  See another answer to a question that shouldn’t be asked?  Send it in:  tips@dialyturismo.com

12 comments:

  1. Interesting question; is the Miata the new kit car platform of choice?

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  2. Datsun roadster'd Miata

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.paul-davis.com/vehicles/miata/datsun1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread.php?t%3D104393&h=275&w=450&tbnid=3CBH36A9HrskeM:&docid=2rTC-RSiMn8_kM&ei=-2W6Vf70H8naeY2jqvgM&tbm=isch&ved=0CCEQMygAMABqFQoTCL7ehLW3g8cCFUltHgodjZEKzw

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  3. Anyone else notice the steering wheel is turned to the right while the wheels are turned to the left?

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    1. Check this one out: road wheels straight ahead while the steering wheel is going around a 90 degree turn. I can't believe you would (1) drive a car like that - it would drive me nuts and (2) sell a car like that.

      [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00p0p_cRNspl8X3St_600x450.jpg[/img]

      1997 NA

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    2. I was just about to post the same thing. Off center steering wheels bother me very much.

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    3. But just in case the question ever comes up, the Citroen DS had its one spoke purposely offset towards the driver's side:

      [img]http://www.autoinspiracje.pl/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/steering-wheel-citroen-DS.jpg[/img]

      This was so you could rest your arm on the arm-rest and hold the single spoke when driving straight ahead. And yes, the offset was reversed for right-hand-drive markets.

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  4. It's interesting to compare this Miata-based kit compared to a Fiero-based one.

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/ThfORCw.jpg?1[/img]

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    1. I wonder if it's as easy to manipulate the Miata chassis as it is to change the length and width of a Fiero chassis. That seems to me to be a deciding factor of whether the Miata will become a popular kit car platform.

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  5. That is less awkward than I thought - but just setting it up as a convertible and leaving off the weird flying buttresses would be better.

    Oh, and make the side scoops work as brake ducts.

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  6. Maybe we need a warning on this site that Fiero Ant-eater is wretched this less so. !

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