You can turn a Mazda MX-5 into a classic Alfa Romeo 158 for less than $ 11,000

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If you, like me, ever wanted an old Grand Prix machine but did not have the money or motivation to maintain a classic car,en I have good news for you. A new Tipo 184 set can turn an old Mazda MX-5 Miata in an Alfa Romeo 158, a vehicle in the late 1930s that won the first official Formula One race in Silverstone in 1950.

If you looked Ant Anstead’s MotorTrend Show Wheeler Dealers, then you might know what’s going on. This is Anstead’s latest project, and I have to admit: I’m a fan.

Anstead’s website contains very few details about this package (you need to submit a deposit to learn more), but in an interview with F1 Geeks, Anstead has revealed that Tipo 184 will be offering a kit as well as a fully assembled car. This way, you can decide whether you want to come down and manufacture your own Alfa – whether you just want the experience to drive one.

And … there is a reservation. The kit contains everythingg you have to make the Alpha, minus the Miata. You have to bring it along to do it yourself, but it’s still going to be a lot cheaper than buying an old Alfa straight away. And since it’s a kit car, it’s not a perfect replica.

The kit in all its glory.

The kit in all its glory.
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The kit is advertiseded as £ 7,499, which is $ 10,192 here in the United States. There is a limited range of 10 starters from these starter packs, so if you want one, you will want to use your name with a prepayment of 75 or 50 percent. If you are one of the first to buy, you also have the chance to build the car in the Tipo 184 workshop –with Anstead’s helping hand.

If this does not happen to you, it is not a concern: the instructions are well organized in different “chapters” that will guide you through one element of the car at a time. You will also be able to buy these sets separately in 2021, so you can build and budget at your own pace.