Now that brings back memories. I have loved Mazdas over the years. It started with an '84 626 diesel, which my daughter totaled the day she got her license. I replaced it with an '88 non-diesel. I sold that one to another daughter, and bought a '91 626. That car was totaled in '93 when I was struck from behind while waiting for a light to change. So, I got a '93 Protege (successor to the GLC). That one got passed down to the daughter that totaled the first Mazda. I bought an RX8 the first year they came out and traded it in a year later. I loved all of those cars, but the RX8 had a problem with burning up expensive tires and collecting citations (not the Chevy kind.)
My brother has been an Alfa mechanic his entire adult life and did not approve of the Miata because of what it did to the Alfa market, and his dealership in Austin. But he loves the idea that the Fiat 124 Spider has been revived. So, I got one and took it to Austin to let him drive it. He approves. Imagine that!
It drove great! Here's the story...
Upgraded the 1965 VW Beetle Type-1 chassis with a 1971 ball-joint front-end, and a 1971 transmission / IRS rear-end (with 12-volt starter). Then a rebuilt 1971 era 1600 dual-port, dual-relief VW engine with a pair of Type-3 Solex carbs (which fit under the body much better because they are much shorter). With sway bars, it was set up for street use only.
In 1967, after Steve McQueen won his favorite lead role as Thomas Crown in the original production of the United Artists film The Thomas Crown Affair, for which he earned $750,000, and apparently aware of how well the Manx dune buggy performed on the beach, decided he wanted to use a souped-up Manx buggy in the beach racing scenes with co-star Faye Dunaway (who bravely remained seated at his side), rather than a Jeep as the script called for. His version of the Manx, known as the Queen Manx was used in the movie. In 1969, Universal Fiberglas in Scarborough, Ontario started producing Hunter Dune Buggy bodies which closely mimicked the Queen Manx design and only 30 bodies were produced. It was hard to part with, but I was offered a good price for my rare buggy, and now I have a much more practical, much safer, fun ride with the proceeds of that sale.
I love the Dune Buggy, and I sure as heck remember those wheels! I can also remember when it was somewhat common to see Dune Buggys on the streets. It's rare today, although there is one where I live, and I see it from time to time.
Something non traditional along the lines of what this BMW has would be great to see. What helps is the 124 is Italian so we can safely pull in some italian inspiration without worry of it not looking how it should. Plus wrapping in this way can be easily done on your own driveway!
Good evening, can I as the UK owners, if they know we're I can get some rubber car mats for 124 spider.
Mazda don't do any, some on Amazon, but no reviews.
Don't laugh, have not even brought the car yet.!!
Kind regards David
Low Profile Driver's Seat Mount V2.0
We lowered only the Driver's seat in our Fiat 124, notice in this picture the comparison between our Ryan Passey sitting in the lowered stock driver's seat versus sitting on passenger side (and understand this upgraded Blackbird bar is a lot taller than the...
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