Just A Reminder That You Don't Need To Wait For A Swoopy Miata

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth

Two and a half years ago, I asked an important question, to wit: “If a guy in a shed can make the Miata pretty, why can’t Mazda do it?” Well, I think Mazda’s finally done it. The new Miata is, at the very least, striking.

Simpson Design hasn’t stood still in the past thirty months, however: my favorite restyling company in the world has now come up with a variety of restyles for the NB second-generation Miata, and although they aren’t cheap, they are lovely.


Simpson currently offers four kits for the NB Miata, all of them takes on the original round-recessed-headlight “Italia” restyle of the NA Miata. The convertible is the cheapest, costing under $20,000 on an NB that you provide.

The interior restyle is slightly more convincing than it was on the first-gen cars:

There’s a subtle and delightful reverse-curved-window coupe available:

Most of these cars cost $29,900 with an NB that you provide. Here’s a low mileage car that probably sold for seven grand or thereabouts so you’re looking at $40,000 by the time you do everything and get the car all the way up to snuff. You could buy a car with major cosmetic issues or some crash damage for less.

So why pay forty grand for a Miata that looks vaguely like an old Ferrari? Well, you won’t see yourself coming and going in it, it’s a great conversation piece no matter where you go, and it retains most of the Miata virtues. Think of it as a modern Fiat Spider or something. Not the weird slashy-looking Chris Bangle Fiat Spider, but the old Pinifariana 124.

Or you could spend forty grand and buy a two-year-old Vette droptop and smoke the Italia’s four-cylinder ass from here to Atlantic City.

Your choice.

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  • Mark_Miata Mark_Miata on Sep 08, 2014

    It strikes me that this is a car for those who don't want to see the exact same car coming down the road towards them. I like my Miata, but there are four Miatas within 2 blocks of my house, and I see a car identical to mine in color and year on a regular basis around town. The Simpson kit solves that problem. Whether the cost is worth it to you is a personal decision. The remarks about buying another type of car (Corvette, 911) miss the point - you'll still see another one that looks like yours on the road. The hardtop Simpson looks to me a lot like a Triumph GT-6, which is one of my favorite cars, but without the pain of driving a Triumph regularly (been there, done that as a daily driver). If I had the cash sitting around, I certainly consider it.

  • Carzzi Carzzi on Sep 08, 2014

    Or you could drop an LS into an Italia and smoke that two-year-old Vette droptop's 3400lb ass from here to Atlantic City.

  • ToolGuy I wouldn't buy any old Chinese brand of vehicle, but the right EV at the right price, maybe possibly yes. If you told me this would alarm Ford and torque off FreedMike, all the better. 😉P.S. I would *definitely* consider an EV made in Taiwan. Take that, paramount leader!P.P.S. China batteries/components to convert one of my ICE vehicles to EV? Yes.
  • Wolfwagen I expect Renault to be less popular than Fiat
  • ToolGuy Helium-3, baby!
  • Roman Our 1999 Pontiac Sunfire Gt is still running without any issues. 25 years and counting.
  • 28-Cars-Later I thought today's young people weren't even getting licenses to drive, so which is it?
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