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Re: MX5 in a frock...

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Mine is the Lusso model (Lusso in English means a luxury not a necessity) Some of my friends would say that definition sums me up. I'm struggling to feel ashamed.
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I'm bloody fuming. Put down 1000 to reserve an anniversary edition of the new 124 spider on the understanding that it is held over until I can see it and drive it. Also the money is fully refundable or can be reassigned to another car of my choice. I've told the dealership that I no longer want the first batch and will order one in either blue or bronze with tan interior and they are telling me that I've got to have the one I reserved......
No way. I've cancelled and taken it up with fiat.
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I've long been an admirer of the MX-5 as it's always been the sports car we (the British) should have made. It always had this feel of turning somewhere under your seat, probably due to the seat being just ahead of the rear axle. It reminded me very much of a Triumph Spitfire or a Spridget.

Of course the Mazda was a little better than the BL sports cars in a few ways: The hood tended not to leak every time it rained (how I miss the feel of wet shoes); the electrics weren't supplied by "Uncle Joe" Lucas, "The Prince of Darkness"; it had 5 gears rather than 4; the synchromesh didn't fail on 2nd gear; the Mazda always started whatever the weather; the heater always managed to blow hot air when you moved the control to the red part and cool when you moved it to the blue area......rather than the other way round on the Spitfire.

The Japanese also did other things that were so blindingly obvious I've never understood why the British (or FIAT) didn't. When my Dad bought his first Nissan, he opened the bonnet (as distinct from hood) to find the four spark plug leads held by a cheap plastic clip fixed to the camshaft covers which meant the leads didn't flop around and fray or the cores break up. Simple and cost pennies.

Back to the new 124 though. Styling will always be a personal thing; beauty being in the eye of the beholder and so on. But, to me, although the older MX-5s were always derivative in a Lotus Elan kind of way, the new one is more distinctive. However, the new one looks to me as if a giant plumber has come along with some pliers and crimped both ends. For that reason, among others, I think the 124 with its slightly longer profile is the far better shape.

Sometimes making a car shorter can really help its dynamics and aesthetics, although is some cases it can be a disaster. When I was entering my teens I had a thing about American cars. My regular reads were Hot Rod and Car and Driver. Muscle cars were it as far as I was concerned. Who would want a European car with 1.3 litres when you could have a 351 Cleveland in a Mustang, or a 426 Hemi in a Charger or even a SD 455 HO in a Trans Am. But when Ford tried to down-size the Mustang they lost the great shape of the GT and the Shelby GT500 or even the Mach 1 and it just didn't work.

Mind you, if you look at the '74 Trans Am and its Camaro cousins with their shovel nose, that didn't do much for me either.

Still, as they say, beauty is............................................
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I'm bloody fuming. Put down 1000 to reserve an anniversary edition of the new 124 spider on the understanding that it is held over until I can see it and drive it. Also the money is fully refundable or can be reassigned to another car of my choice. I've told the dealership that I no longer want the first batch and will order one in either blue or bronze with tan interior and they are telling me that I've got to have the one I reserved......
No way. I've cancelled and taken it up with fiat.
Have you reminded them that there is more than one FIAT dealer in the south of England?
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Have you reminded them that there is more than one FIAT dealer in the south of England?
Yup, already arranged to see the car with another dealer.....
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Drove one earlier at J & J motors in Bridged. Utterly fantastic.

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Driving in a couple weeks
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Had an invite to the launch at Glyn Hopkin Cambridge, but I'm away this weekend, so it will have to wait.
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I have to say that I really like the look of the front end of the 124 Spyder. The Miata's headlamps always looked to me like it was squinting at me! The Fiat treatment reminds me of the 240Z and I like the look.

Of course, I have a love of Abarth, having owned a red 1960 Abarth Zagato 750, which I purchased new in Rome from Carlo Abarth's cousin, so I would go for that version. I would go Italian all the way and add Pirelli tires and it would be RED.

Unfortunately I am now an old fart and have an artificial left knee, so I am afraid I would have to make do with the automatic.

I LIKE this car!
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