Mazda MX-5 Miata Converted To Vintage Roadster By Spanish Coachbuilder Hurtan

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Celebrating three decades of re-bodied sports cars, just six of these specialties will be built.

Spanish coachbuilder Hurtan has revealed a 30th Anniversary Special Edition based on the existing Grand Albaycin that we reported on last year. The roadster is based on the humble Mazda MX-5 Miata, but with so much of it changed that its cost-effective origins are almost impossible to detect. For this celebratory model, just six examples will be produced, with each available in a choice of three exterior color combinations: Midnight Blue, Cherry Red, or Lead Grey. Two choices will be available for interior trimmings, and each car will feature special upholstery on the seats to identify them as 30th Anniversary models.

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As with the original Grand Albaycin, which could be ordered as a cabriolet or a targa, performance comes from the Miata's 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter engines, which produce 130 horsepower and 181 hp, respectively. The smaller engine, which is not offered in the US, comes with a six-speed manual, while the 2.0-liter motor can be had with a stick or a six-speed automatic. The top speed for the smaller motor is 126 mph, while the bigger engine will motivate the car to 136 mph.

But you don't buy one of these for its outright performance. Instead, these cars are purchased by those who want something unlike any other sports car on the road, with unique styling and a lavish interior.

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With plenty of wood and quilted leather, the ambiance in the cabin is closer related to that of a Mercedes than a Mazda, and that's part of what makes this lightweight sports car so attractive - it offers luxury in a retro package without compromising the winning recipe of a simple, naturally aspirated roadster with rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission.

Unfortunately, Hurtan has not revealed pricing, but with such extensive changes to the body and interior, not to mention a wide scope of personalization, this limited edition will certainly cost a lot more than a regular MX-5. We love the way this looks, but if we were to spend our own money on a reimagined Miata, the Mitsuoka Rock Star would be our first choice.

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