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PostPosted: December 23, 2020, 10:40 am 
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New miata based single seater kit may be coming tonus shores. I love the idea but can't afford more than two toys.

https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/grm/turn-a-miata-into-a-1930s-mono/179701/page1/

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PostPosted: December 23, 2020, 1:02 pm 
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Bah, I started my own thread and you beat me to it. I linked directly to the company's site: https://tipo184.com/

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PostPosted: December 23, 2020, 5:21 pm 
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Gorgeous.

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PostPosted: December 24, 2020, 8:02 am 
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I was thinking about building a similar type car a couple years ago. Build a narrow, long engine bay locost type frame. Use Sq 1 1/4" main tubes. Then power it by an older Buick straight 8, behind a modern 5 speed. After trying to find engine parts for a 50 yr Buick, I realized almost 50% of the rebuild parts would have be custom made, i.e.; pistons and valve train. Not a lot of demand for hot rod Buick straight 8 parts. It quickly got to rich for my blood. davew


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PostPosted: December 24, 2020, 10:42 am 
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Part of me is bugged I didn't come up with the idea, but the other part of me would take a pass on it because it doesn't seem all that safe, and I want two seats. These things must be shared.

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PostPosted: December 24, 2020, 4:02 pm 
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Pretty cool! Have been a Tipo 159 fan for years.

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PostPosted: December 28, 2020, 10:37 pm 
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Beautiful car, but don't know how i feel about the "fake" exhaust. I'd say just embrace the fact that it's a 4-banger.

I still would make space in my shop for it if i happened across one.


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Interesting business model. They are just getting started and want a 75% deposit up front. So that's about 10k USD. For a startup feels pretty risky.


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PostPosted: March 22, 2021, 4:29 pm 
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merim123 wrote:
Interesting business model. They are just getting started and want a 75% deposit up front. So that's about 10k USD. For a startup feels pretty risky.


A common means of "Boot-Strap" finance, and apparently well accepted these days as Tesla has been doing pretty much the same for a long time.
Not sure it will go as well for a company not getting Gov. subsidies and fawning Media support.

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