Blackwell SPR1 - The Miata/ TVR Hybrid
Firstly a bit about TVR. The TVR is one of the most British of all car brands. Even the name of it is short for Trevor, the most British name ever. Founded in post war Britain in 1946 and made it's first car in 1949 with a 1.2L Ford engine pumping out a break neck 35bhp. What a machine. Later used the Rover V8's and most recently Cosworth tuned Ford V8 on the 2019 Griffith.
That's exactly what Blackwell Motorsports have done with the Blackwell SPR1. They had a Mk1 MX5 and a fiberglass shell of a TVR Sagaris. Chopping up the TVR into sections and adhering them to the MX5 to make sure the wheel wells lined up to the shorter wheel base and then filled in the spaces in-between using as much of the TVR as possible. Blackwell weren't set out to make a TVR replica though. They've created their own original car with the help of the TVR and made some unique distinctive changes. They have made a custom removable hard top with a larger Audi TT rear window creating a 'fastback' roof line. The rear light clusters are off a VW UP! which helps the rear look more up to date and modern but also allows the builder to use the different style options from the Up!, Seat Mii and Skoda Citygo. The front remains very true to the Sagaris to make sure people shit themselves when they see you in the rear view mirror.
Building the kit for a MX5 chassis was a smart move. Rear wheel drive is always great and the standard 1.6 or 1.8 engines have a variety of bolt on power parts available online. But Blackwell have just completed a V6 conversion into one of their SPR1's, but there have been multiple different engine swaps completed on MK1 MX5's. You can squeeze anything from a 4 cylinder VTEC's, Rotary's up to V8's and there has even been a V12 crammed into the bay for some reason.
The SPR1 kit can be bought for £3500 ($4600) which is a fair price for a good looking Miata/MX5 based kit car. Considering the Bauer Catfish costs $13,900 and an Exocet starts at £2995 but can't be used on a day to day basis unless you like the rain.
I highly recommend checking these guys out and seeing what their customers are building from their kits.