10k: V8 Swap: 1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The first generation (NA) Mazda MX-5 Miata attacked the worlds apexes starting in 1989 and continuing well past 1997 when the last one rolled off the assembly line.  Although Mazda never offered a turbocharged edition in the first generation, plenty of speed freaks boosted the little 1.6/1.8 liter 4-banger, but to get real performance the preferred method is to build a Monster Miata with a V8 engine swap.  Find this 1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata with Ford 5.0 V8 power offered for $13,500 near Cleveland, OH.

The MX-5 is a  fun car to drive, even before you double (or triple) the original horsepower.  The lightweight Lotus Elan inspired 2-seater features some of the best tuned rack-and-pinion steering in the business and independent double-wishbone suspension on all four wheels.  When new it could hit 60mph in about 8 seconds and reach a top speed of 126 mph, not exactly “killing it” in the modern world. 

An owner of this car decided that ringing the maximum out of the little 1.8 liter 4-banger wasn’t doing it, so he (she?) shoved a Ford V8 into the front.  This Monster Miata now sports a 5.0 liter pushrod V8 with a number of performance enhancers mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.  Expect power in the 300hp range if everything is done correctly.

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