Stock Looking Sleeper: 1997 Mazda Miata LS3 6-Speed

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June 29, 2022 Update – The high bid of $16,000 did not meet the seller’s reserve price of $35,000 so we’ve moved this 1997 Mazda Miata to our “Rides Still Available” Page.  Once registered and logged in, select the green “Buy Now” option to agree to pay the “Buy Now” price of $35,000 or enter a reasonable counter-offer in the “Bid Directly” Box that we can present to the seller.

Guys With Rides is proud to feature this LS3 Powered 1997 Mazda Miata in an online, reserve-tyle auction on behalf of the builder and current caretaker.

Bidding opened Wednesday, June 15, 2022, and continues for 14 consecutive days ending at 7:00 PM Eastern time Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

This Mazda Miata restomod currently resides in central Massachusetts approximately one hour north of Worcester.

The high bid of $16,000 did not meet the seller’s reserve of $35,000

Here is the seller’s description of his 1997 Mazda Miata Restomod:

“1997 Mazda Miata MX5 Chevrolet LS3 conversion. The car is in excellent condition that now features an LS3 Chevrolet crate engine, 376 cubic inches, (6.2 Liter).  The car was completely stripped down and has a V8 Roadsters LSX subframe kit, new insulation, brand new Chevrolet wiring kit that goes with the engine, Boss frog arm fender braces, aluminum oil pan, and driveline kit. It has a Getrag stage 2 Cadillac rear end, custom aluminum radiator, Moroso oil and water separator, Tremec T56 Magnum – 6-speed transmission, Hydramax hydraulic clutch, Wilwood 11” drilled brakes with stainless steel lines, Flyin Miata custom stainless steel headers and exhaust, V-Maxx Coilover shocks, Aero catch hood latch kit, hood louvers, black parking light air scoops, rear zinc rotors; NRG quick-release steering wheel, Konig “foil” brushed alloy wheels, front spoiler, battery disconnect in the trunk, 15×7 Dunlop Direzza DZ101 tires, 195/50R and Dashbox computer diagnostics. The engine has a little over 15,000 miles on it since completion. It has been very lightly driven and always garaged. The conversion was done by a long-time Chevrolet mechanic.”

The complimentary CarFax® confirms this 1997 Miata is a three-owner car that is accident-free with a clean title:

The pre-purchase inspection confirmed this LS3-Powered 1997 Mazda Miata restomod is in excellent working order.  The picture below contains the Lemon Squad Pre-Purchase Inspection completed and prepared on Monday, February 28, 2022, just prior to the start of this auction. To review the Pre-Purchase Inspection, please click on the picture below. When finished, click on your browser’s back button to return back to this listing:

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If you have any questions about this 1987 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

4 Comments
  1. Anonymous

    Location?

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    • Guys with Rides

      Central Massachusetts about one hour west of Boston.

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  2. Edward Michael Evans

    Perfect Build! What did she dyno at (RWHP)? Also approx. O-6O mph time? Thanks!

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    • Guys with Rides

      This Miata has not been dyno’d. Chevrolet’s literature indicates that their 6.2L LS3 crate motor pumps out 430 horsepower at 5900 RPM and 425 pounds-feet of torque at 4,600 RPM (https://www.chevrolet.com/performance-parts/crate-engines/ls/ls3). Knowing the weight of the LS3 adds about 170 pounds over the original Mazda inline-four, which combined with other chassis upgrades suggests this Miata now weighs between 2,600 and 2,700 pounds. That gives this Miata an estimated Power-to-Weight Ratio of 0.16. That technically provides a better power-to-weight ratio than a 1965 427 Cobra. That hints this Miata is capable of 12-second quarter miles and four second 0-60 times.

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