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Mazda Miata Barchetta Monoposto. A prototype born classic

It is never okay to start an article like someone who starts a defense plea. That invites us to question the veracity of what is to come, to doubt the interest of what we are going to spend a few minutes reading. However, in this case there is no other remedy, since the protagonist of the article is a car only 21 years old. In fact, at this age we can even consider this Miata barchetta a classic. However, we all know that within the classics there are certain somewhat flexible categories.

The first is that, due to the special nature of their conception, some cars do not become classics, but are classified as such from their appearance. It is the phenomenon of "Born classic"; a recurring journalistic topic with which to adorn the text about the presentation of not a few Ferrari or Aston Martin. The second can be seen in the classic press every month, whenever a car of current manufacture is reviewed for its clear tribute to this or that myth from decades ago. Reason why not only publications on various r, but also those referring to new tributary models to the lines and names of the past.

For us, this 2000 Miata Barchetta does both. The first because its conception as a prototype made on a whim raises it to the category of contemporary classic. And the second because, despite the abundance of barchettas that are popping up lately, few deliver as successful a tribute to the XNUMXs originals as this one. As it is, there is no doubt that, despite this being a magazine of classics, the 5 Mazda MX2000 Monoposto It is a very interesting prototype for many fans of cars with the age of time.

MIATA BARCHETTA MONOPOSTO. TRIBUTE TO THE OLD SCHOOL

Much of the legend created around Ferrari comes from the success of its first racing cars. A long series of light handcrafted automobiles from the tubular chassis conceived by Aurelio Lampredi, later dressed by bodybuilders such as Touring or Allemano. They were called with the number 166, to which various adjectives were added depending on the evolution or career for which they were intended. For this reason, those destined for the Mille Miglia received the nickname of Ferrari 166 MM. Possibly one of the most honored and celebrated horsemen in history. And also responsible for the emergence of the barchettas.

And it is that, lacking a roof or almost any element above the lateral line of the body, these cars looked like open-air boats. A nautical simile pronounced by Gianni Agnelli when he saw the 166 MM, leaving such an aquatic name for history when talking about sports cars where the most outstanding thing is the head of the pilot. Sports that were in the majority at the end of the forties, until being replaced by the roof of the imposing GT in races like Le Mans during the fifties and sixties. However, its aesthetics remained fixed in the collective heritage as the line of a heroic time in classic motorsport.

That is why, over the decades, brands like Mazda used nostalgia to vindicate the barchetta. A logical strategy in the case of the Japanese company. Since his MX5 from 1989 drinks directly from the lightness and small size of those barchettas. A clear tribute to them, which has managed to be the best-selling convertible of all time thanks to its excellent design and cheerful demeanor. The perfect fusion between sports cars like the 166MM and the Japanese principle of the Jinba-ittai, according to which rider and saddle must be one.

MONOPOSTO 2000. ONE OF THE SEVERAL MAZDA BARCHETTA

The first of these Miata barchetta was the 1995 M Speedster Concept. A first attempt that, still born as an isolated specimen, seems to be designed for mass production thanks to details such as the windshield, the safety arches and the doors of the model of Serie. Elements absent in the radical 2000 Monoposto. Here the windshield is a small testimonial window, the safety arch barely rises from the seat a few centimeters and the doors become almost non-existent. A risky design bet without concessions to homologation, which is quite similar to what Ferrari has done recently with its Monza SP1 and SP2.

A radicalism that not only remained in aesthetics. Since the Miata Barchetta Monoposto modifies the 1 liter of the second generation MX8 to up to 187CV thanks to an HKS turbocharger, special manifolds and a central stainless steel exhaust. Quite a whim that stuck to its role as an advertising operation within the framework of SEMA Las Vegas. Never going to series production. Something in which it coincides with its three successors, also simple brand operations presented at events such as the SEMA or the Frankfurt Fair.

The last of these Miata barchetta are the 5 MX2015 Speedster and its 2016 EVO Concept evolution. Two creations with which Mazda wanted to highlight the possibility of customizing its most iconic sports car without losing its essence. Something that is understood especially under the logic of the North American market, where the modification industry is so important. However, and beyond any practical analysis that we can do, the truth is that The 2000 Mazda Miata barchetta Monoposto is one of the most delicious open-air creatures of decades.

Photographs: Mazda

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Miguel Sánchez

Written by Miguel Sánchez

Through the news from La Escudería, we will travel the winding roads of Maranello listening to the roar of the Italian V12; We will travel Route66 in search of the power of the great American engines; we will get lost in the narrow English lanes tracking the elegance of their sports cars; We will speed up the braking in the curves of the Monte Carlo Rally and we will even get dusty in a garage while rescuing lost jewels.

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