Alfetta Tipo 158 on Mazda MX-5 basis
Kit turns Japan roadster into Alfa racer
A British mechanic and television presenter is offering a kit for converting a Mazda MX-5 into a historic formula racer.
The Mazda MX-5 seems to lend itself to unusual conversions: for example, Spanish coachbuilder Hurtan is turning the Japanese roadster into the 1930s-style Grand Albaycin. British mechanic Ant Anstead, who also works as Mike Brewer’s co-host on the TV show “The Used Car Pros,” now offers an unusual kit that turns the MX-5 into a historic formula car. Visually, the car is based on the Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 (Alfetta). Anstead calls its creation the Tipo 184.
The Tipo 184 (pictured) is based on the legendary Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 “Alfetta” racing car.
With mirror signal manoeuvre kit
The basis for the conversion is a second-generation Mazda MX-5 built from 1998 to 2005 with the model series designation NB. The starter kit, consisting of a grille frame, radiator grille, exhaust system and fairing panels, costs 9,499 pounds (currently about 10,984 euros) without taxes and shipping costs. In addition, there are numerous other kits that make the car complete. Some of these have interesting names: The package consisting of a wooden steering wheel, round plastic exterior mirrors and a small windshield, for example, is called the “Mirror-Signal-Manoeuvre Kit.” It costs 880 pounds (1,018 euros).