Here’s another SEMA refugee: the Mazda MX-5 “Spyder”. The current Miata’s choice of normal fabric roof or what-the-f***-are-you-thinking power retractable hardtop is neatly avoided in favor of the kind of stretchy, do-it-yourself job that ensures Porsche 911 “Speedster” owners never actually drive their cars anywhere.
We’ve seen a better Miata Spyder, though… click the jump for a blast into the wacky kit-car past.
This is the Simpson Design Italia. In the metal, it’s a very pretty combination of first-gen Miata and NART Spyder. Simpson makes a variety of Miata kits. Check it. Which leads to the question: If a guy in a shed can make the Miata pretty, why can’t Mazda do it?