New Coupe version of Italia kit for MX5 mk 2

New Coupe version of Italia kit for MX5 mk 2

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smash

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2,044 posts

175 months

Sunday 9th October 2011
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Just trawling around and discovered Simpson Designs have announced two new coupe versions of their Italia 2 bodykit for MX5 mk2.

All these are body kits for Mazda MX5 by Simpson Design - http://www.simpsondesign.net/index.html

There are no prices on the site at the moment for the Italia GTB or GTC designs but the Italia mk1 is available in UK from Retroforza for £2,195 (versus $8,500 from Simpson!!).

New Italia 2 GTC - no price listed




New Italia 2 GTB - no price listed (clearly owes a debt to 275gtb)



Italia 2 Convertible - comprehensive kit works out at £6,361.74 ($9,900)



Original Italia based on MX5 mk1 ( Available from Retroforza in UK for £2,195)



Original Italia with GTB Coupe top

Simpson are working on a coupe of the original Italia using their GTB roof



Which I think I prefer - not keen on the arch lips on the GTB and GTC but they do represent some interesting opportunites. Perhaps Retroforza in the UK will be able to offer the coupe...

Edited by smash on Monday 10th October 08:53

Bruc3

65 posts

99 months

Sunday 9th October 2011
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wow that is one sexy car!

Wonder what sort of price it would enter at?

smash

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175 months

Sunday 9th October 2011
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I think Simpson are pretty pricey in all honesty.

I've just mocked up a side view of the Italia mk 1 with GTB coupe top that he's working on as per above WIP photo:



I think it looks bloody gorgeous!

ETA - Found another photoshop attempt at adding fastback top to a mk1 Italia. They've gone a bit further and also photoshoped chrome bumpers (which make a huge difference I think), wire wheels, Chrome window surrounds and moved the wing mirrors forward. nothing that couldn't be done relatively easily though - provided the GTB top becomes available as per Simpson Designs recent blog.





Edited by smash on Sunday 9th October 16:59

dxg

5,446 posts

207 months

Sunday 9th October 2011
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Oh my word. That GTC is gorgeous. I wonder what one would cost, all fitted, fettled and painted...

rickbrown74

250 posts

189 months

Sunday 9th October 2011
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dxg said:
Oh my word. That GTC is gorgeous. I wonder what one would cost, all fitted, fettled and painted...
+1

That design is fantastic. Me want!!

GTRCLIVE

4,116 posts

230 months

Sunday 9th October 2011
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All that nice stiling deserves a great engine...... Saw this at the High River car show, perfect combination with one of those bodies... would eat a real Fessa....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO6uEroBpPI

smash

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2,044 posts

175 months

Sunday 9th October 2011
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Agreed! A Flyin Miata or Monster Miata V8 conversion would be the cherry on a pretty nice cake that's for sure.

MX5 LS1 V8 vs F430 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1OO8GGgwZs


Edited by smash on Sunday 9th October 19:11

MG CHRIS

6,609 posts

114 months

Sunday 9th October 2011
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That is one nice looking car even better than mev attemped on a mx5 hard top conversion.

Wonder what the price would be.

smash

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175 months

Sunday 9th October 2011
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Well the Italia 2 (which the GTB and GTC are with an alternative top) comes in at £6,300-ish for comprehensive kit.

Skyedriver

8,725 posts

229 months

Sunday 9th October 2011
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Is that a flip front.
Looks like it would hit the ground before opening sufficiently

dxg

5,446 posts

207 months

Sunday 9th October 2011
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It seems like the GTB and GTC moulds are interchangeable. The pic above is a GTC back with a GTB front.

Man, it's nice. Yum.

I wonder how you would get the parts into the UK...

smash

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175 months

Sunday 9th October 2011
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The GTC and GTB are both Italia 2 bodies with different hardtops, so yes the front clip is the same (roof inspired by the Auto Konexion fastback for Miata I think).

Bruc3

65 posts

99 months

Sunday 9th October 2011
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I really like that Italia, my only nark is the soft top. It doesnt seem to work with the delicate body lines!

rickbrown74

250 posts

189 months

Monday 10th October 2011
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smash said:
Well the Italia 2 (which the GTB and GTC are with an alternative top) comes in at £6,300-ish for comprehensive kit.
Way too much surely! I couldn't justify paying much over 3k for it


was8v

1,717 posts

142 months

Monday 10th October 2011
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smash said:
This is fantastic! Please, somebody import the kits.

dxg

5,446 posts

207 months

Monday 10th October 2011
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Does someone in the UK supply it? If so, is that just the kit or can they fit and paint too?

The retroforza guys look like they just supply the panels.

dxg

5,446 posts

207 months

Monday 10th October 2011
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smash said:
not keen on the arch lips on the GTB and GTC but they do represent some interesting opportunites.
Personally, I think they are one of the things that make the newer kits that much better. Without it, you have a large expanse of rather bland, bulbous area above the rear arches.

i.e.


smash

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175 months

Monday 10th October 2011
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An explanation of how the GTC and GTB came about:

http://www.forgottenfiberglass.com/?p=15099

ajprice

16,658 posts

143 months

Monday 10th October 2011
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Those GTB and GTC coupes look great smile . A V8 conversion in one of those please!

Edited by ajprice on Monday 10th October 12:37

Furyblade_Lee

3,874 posts

171 months

Monday 10th October 2011
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Oh dear. I am having bad thoughts about re-trimmed diamond quilted black leather interiors, , rollcages and superchargers...

That, in hard top coupe guise, is the mutts nutts.