I don’t know about you, but when I think of drag racing, I think of those long, skinny Funny Cars that shoot flames from their exhausts and run quarter-mile times that would embarrass 0-60 times mph of most sports cars. Which I certainly am not I’m thinking of a first generation (NA) Mazda Miata. That’s why this 1990 Miata drag racer for sale on Facebook Marketplace is so delightfully incongruous that I can’t help but want it.
Seeing something as small as a Miata with a huge drag scoop on its hood, a drag strip, and Hoosier radials is objectively funny, like seeing Danny Devito in Football Pads. It’s even better when you see the huge Kaiser racing engine under its hood. The car is currently being sold as a roll, without engine or transmission, for $22,000, but the seller is reportedly considering selling it as a complete race car for $39,000.
The motor itself is also sold separately. It’s a 322 cubic inch (5.2 liter) Kaiser racing engine, based on a Chevrolet V8 with an Aurora short-deck block, Bryant crankshaft, and Jesel Keyed lifters, among many other goodies. It makes 855 horsepower, which is hilarious in something as small and light as a stripped-down Miata.
Even without the powertrain, this Miata dragster still comes with a Chromoly 8.50 certified roll bar, a custom-built Chromoly four-link rear end with Strange Engineering dual-adjustable coilovers, a 40-spline aluminum differential, a carbon fiber drivetrain, Hoosier. tablecloths wrapped around Beadlock wheels, a wheel bar and a new parachute.
The build quality is also excellent. Without getting your hands on it in person, there’s no way to really tell how well made it is, but it passes the eye test. If you’re looking for a pint-sized drag racer, this little Miata looks to be an absolute blast. Plus, you can buy it with or without its powertrain, so you can choose your engine.
I’ve never seen a Miata drag racer before today, but now it’s the only type I want to see.
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