Thursday, December 31, 2015

Repeat Offender: 1990 Mazda MX-5 Z3 Clone

Let's prepare for the new year by rehashing a few cars that were on the pages earlier this year, but are still (surprisingly) for sale. The attitude of "it's my car, and I can do what I want" is commendable and perfectly acceptable when you are building your next/current ride.  Seriously, you'll never hear me second guessing someone's choice of powertrain when they are building a 13B rotary powered Cadillac DeVille, but you might hear something when you try to sell the car to the next guy...particularly if you ask 500CID V8 in an RX-5 money for your wrong-way swap.  Speaking of "the wrong way", check out this 1990 Mazda Miata MX-Z3 offered for $20,000 in Commack, NY via hemmings.  Tip from Russ.

If you missed it the first time...this identity crisis Miata was offered over a year ago (Dec 2014) for the same $20k asking price in the same location with the same photos...and same crazy BMW Z3 looks, same carburetor fed GM 3.1 liter V6 mated to a 5-speed manual...

See another repeat offender?


  1. It seems as though every crucial build decision occurred while the owner was severely intoxicated. A car built on drunk talk.

  2. Has more mismatched parts than Caitlyn.

  3. On about the date of build-commencement, Bill's brother-in-law introduced methamphetamine to Long Island. The car took a week, but still baffles them why.

  4. Guessing at the time the dude commenced this build he could have had a decent M Roadster for the price of what he spent building a Miata that's as fast as a base Z3.

    1. So many cars, so little timeDecember 31, 2015 at 10:54 AM

      Assume in this case that the journey was what was important to the seller/builder. Nothing wrong with choosing your own path even if it's very lonely. The flaw is thinking that he can command anywhere near $20k for this misbegotten build, which will indeed buy a decent M Roady -- even an S54 -- or any manner of turbo/supercharged or monster V8 infused Miatae.

  5. I see a lot of these Z3 Miata kits. What I want to know is why they don't just buy a z3 to begin with? Surely the cost of a Miata plus a body kit is about the same money as a z3.

  6. I really don't like it when people with "good intentions" or not paste a different car's emblem on the hood or anywhere else, such as the BMW on this one or the Ferrari on the Ausi car. I think it constitutes identity theft, misrepresentation and lies. Unless you have the factory approval such as AMG (mercedes), Shelby (Ford), etc It is NOT right!

  7. Are you sure this is not a very slick photoshop?

    Aside from drugs being involved suggestion, I dunno. Tonight I will enter the New Year grateful that my mind is still intact enough to not do this.

  8. But you could buy a real Z3 for only... Oh wait, it's all about avoiding the costly BMW maintenance. I get it now... I think..


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