Currently up for auction in Japan, this NA MX-5 happily uses the rear end of an FD RX-7
Intra-brand styling transplants can be either terrible or motivated. Couple of might argue that the afixing of BMW’s huge brand-new 4-series grille on an E60 M5 was a great concept, however the M2-faced M140 i we identified a little additional back was an outright accomplishment.
What you see here falls under the latter camp. It’s an NA Mazda MX-5 presently for sale by means of a Yahoo! Japan auction, and as any self-respecting JDM-phile will have clocked instantly, it has the rear end of an FD RX-7
This raises lots of concerns. Not always surrounding the ‘why’ side of things – we believe the reasoning behind butt transplant was just since it ‘d look cool. And it does.
No, we’re more worried about the ‘how’. It’s not an untidy cut ‘n’ shut task, rather one that makes the FD’s rear appear like it really belongs on the back of the very first MX-5. That’s the sort of thing that will have taken a great deal of work, and no doubt cost a great deal of cash to get done.
An Instagram post we stumbled upon by means of Reddit demonstrates how the transplant may have been done. It portrays a second-gen MX-5 having the RX-7 rear swap, we ‘d picture the procedure would be comparable provided the shape of the NB. The image reveals the contributed RX-7 back ending up prior to the MX-5 boot cover, although around the sides, a few of the FD’s quarter panels are maintained and combined into the MX-5’s. Not that there’s any proof of this take part the completed short article, in either that Miata or the red one we’re including here.
Located in Nerima-ku, Tokyo, the Frankenmiata likewise includes an aftermarket body package and has actually been offered an entire load of unfavorable camber for the dissentious ‘position’ appearance. This ought to be fairly simple to correct need to you be taken by the RX-7 back however not the remainder of the visual modifications.
It’s covered around 150,000 kilometres (93,000 miles) and has a couple of faults noted consisting of some rust on the boot and a little play in the steering. The ‘buyout cost’ is 1,200,000 yen (around ₤ 8,300), and at the time of composing the auction page has 4 days staying.