Does the name Huet ring a bell? The Dutch brothers started out doing classic car tours in Europe before they started designed and building their own retro sports cars. The first was called the Huet Brothers Special. It was based on an old Triumph TR6 and surfaced back in 2009. But a few years later they started showing designs for a new coupe that called for a straight-six engine under a long bonnet with a fastback roofline, and started taking orders. Over the past two and a half years we didn't see anything materialize out of the Huet Brothers' plans, but word out of the Netherlands has it that the design is back on the table.

According to the Autovisie section of Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Tino and Paul Huet were planning on building their coupe on the base of the MX-5 Miata. But now that Mazda is preparing to launch an all-new model, the Huets have decided to wait until next year and build their dream car on the new Skyactiv roadster chassis.

Rather than trying to shoehorn in a bigger engine (or the subsequent diesel model that was set to follow), the Huets are reportedly prepared to stick with Mazda's four-pot, offering it in stock form and various states of upgraded tune.

That would make the HB Coupe the third model – alongside Mazda's own and whatever Fiat decides to do with its end of the bargain – to use the same underpinnings. That is, assuming the Huet Brothers can get the orders it needs to restart development production. So far they say they've got 21 orders on the books, but need 40 to get started.

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      Jack Jones
      • 7 Months Ago
      i like the fact that they used steelies in their concept renderings.
      JF GeSchmidtt
      • 7 Months Ago
      Wow, I really like this! It is really very Japanese, with the great sense of 60's Brit. I would be all over this, except of course it will cost a small fortune. Regardless, beautiful idea.
      • 7 Months Ago
      I think it's cool looking
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 7 Months Ago
      I like all but that front end. I think if it was smoothed instead of those pontoon looking things it would really work.
        Chris O.
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Cool Disco Dan
        I dunno, I think that with the front end smoothed, it may look a little too much like a 240Z (in the front). Though, I guess that really wouldn't be the worst thing, either.
      • 7 Months Ago
      I like the look - I'd be much more inclined to drive one of these than a Miata. I really like the rear glass and the hatch/shooting brake rear end. The overall lines are reminiscent of Austin Martin, TVR and something else I can't quite put my tongue on. I'm not wild about the droopy dog-eye headlights, but I could get over that.
      Eric Park
      • 7 Months Ago
      I have to say this news is a little disappointing. I've been following the development of this car from 2012 with great anticipation and high hopes that they'd come out and make something pretty, lightweight, holistic in composition, and very simple. That the ambition now is to use a Miata chassis to build it is not a bad thing, there are certainly worse foundations to build a sports car, but they were advertising a "full carbon monocoque," as mentioned in their brochure you can download from the website. I understand Huet Brothers is an independent, very small-volume company and 70,000 Euro seemed like a very reasonable price for something largely unique in its makeup, and I still hope this car sees the light of day. I also hope they stay afloat long enough for me to get my hands on one of these. But before then I'm hoping they lower the price a bit and clean up the front end a little. The pontoon fenders are a little too prominent and in my opinion, the corners of the overhangs seem very heavy and sharp for a car so smooth-looking.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Let face it - it's ugly even by retro standards. Just take a look of Porsche 356 above...