• Feb 23rd 2009 at 7:27PM
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If you've got an obsession with boomer culture, but don't have the budget to spring for a period-specific Ferrari, never fear, RetroForza makes it possible to be a nostalgic poseur. Sporting lines reminiscent of Ferrari's 275, RetroForza is claiming that its Italia bodywork kit for the Mazda MX-5 takes inspiration from vintage Lotus, Alfa, Jaguar and Cobra models. While It's not horrible, the proportions don't exactly work. There's too much front overhang, leading to a fierce underbite, but it avoids looking as stubby as it might on the MX-5's short wheelbase. The Mazda mechanicals mean that it'll be reliable and fun to drive, and with a coupe version supposedly available, there are worse ways to rebody your Miata.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog,

      This is the second s****y conversion you have given us today. Granted, the MR2 Mustang was MUCH worse, but seriously. You're killin us. A Miata trying to be a Ferrari?? Please show us stuff that we care about or is so bad that we'll laugh about it, not cry.

      Sane Autoblog readers
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't care for the fender gills or the whole side profile for that matter, but that's a really cool front-end to put on a Miata. I've always fantasized doing something like that to a Miata. Old-school European roadster looks with better reliability. The side profile should've conformed to Mazda's lines, like others have said.

      On another note, those rims look atrocious.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Really nice!

      Reminds me of the old TVR Griffith (a little bit)
      • 6 Years Ago
      um. no.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ah... now the poseurs can drive their riced-up Miatas Italian-style...

      • 6 Years Ago
      It's cute, and it's harmless.

      Let people have their fun!

      If you don't like it, drive something else.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Proportions may be off somewhat, but it STILL looks better than 90% of the unmitigated garbage available in the US market right now.

      I'd love to see the designers go back to the drawing board with similar inspiration, but also with orders to keep the design organic and smooth.
      • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ BoxerFanatic

        • 6 Years Ago
        Why would you put a Bradley GT kit on a perfectly good looking karmann ghia? Because you liked the bradley GT. The Miata is like the old VW body: you can do a lot to it and it has a massive after market, making it one of the few cars that you can actually customize to yourself in terms of performance, looks, and near everything else. You can even give it teeth. Everyone has a miata for their style, with a little (or lot) of work. Just see what I mean:

      • 6 Years Ago
      This kit looks great! Add in a V8 conversion and it could be some serious fun.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I say go all in and shove a V12 in there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Proportions are too odd. Instead of forcing the lines of the Ferrari onto the Miata, they should work with the Miata's lines to create a homage to the Ferrari.

      If you look at the front, middle and rear section of the car in the profile shot you'll see what I mean.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Good point.

        Though I love the looks of this little thing, it would have been far nicer to work with the lines as you've suggested.

        As a designer I would love to someday get a chance to do just that: rebody a car with an intent to reference another style - but stay true to the underlying form.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't imagine anyone taking this seriously.

      And really...why is it that every time I see photos of a kit car, it has a dash mat on it covering up the old crappy cracked dash. C'mon, if you can spring for the crappy fiberglass and paint, can't you at least try and find a good used dashboard? It was the same way with the old Fiero kits...the center stack on everyone of those crap boxes was peeling and cracking, but they looked like a Lambo!

      Thank goodness most of those fright pigs have burned to the ground.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Really, you could take the money you spend on this crap and build an incredible Miata. Suspension, wheels & tires, go fast bits (SPOILERS DO NOT COUNT)...but you decide instead that it should try to vaguely resemble something else. Please pass the duct tape, my head is about to explode.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The silver coupe isn't bad, but the convertible is just off...
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