You can’t fool me CTzens. Ever since I bought a 1995 Ford Mustang 5.0-litre V8 a couple months ago there’s been a question burning a hole in your enthusiast minds. And by burning, I mean something you probably never even considered until you saw the title of this article.
What would happen if Phil - Alex’s down-but-not-out MX-5 and arguably the most popular car in all of Europe - got all giggity with my as-yet-nameless Mustang - arguably the least known car in all of North America - and had a mutant child? To answer that mind-boggling and somewhat disturbing question I present the 1992 Miata Mega Monster, currently selling on eBay in Rhode Island USA for a no reserve price of $15,600 at the time of writing.
What makes it a Mega Monster you ask? The monster would be the Ford 5.0-litre V8 stuffed under the bonnet, backed by a T-5 five-speed manual swapping the cogs. For the record, that’s the exact same setup you’d find in Fox Body and early SN-95 Mustangs, just like my 1995 GT. Unlike my Mustang however, this particular 5.0 pushrod V8 has a supercharger. That’s where the Mega comes from, and with a conservative 6.5lb of boost, this Mustang-powered Miata makes 400bhp.
These cars also had strengthened unibodies and tweaked suspension bits to deal with the added weight, which is said to be around 130kg. Considering NA MX-5s are barely 900kg to start with, it’s not like the Monster Miatas and their V8 engines are portly. The conversion did add a bit of front bias to the weight distribution, but the Miata’s chuckable, care-free handling characteristics remained almost unchanged. I say almost because ludicrous levels of power-on oversteer were trademarks of naturally-aspirated Monster Miatas, never mind the supercharged Mega Monsters.
So now that you know some history on these custom cars, here’s what you need to know about this particular one. Its paint job is bright enough to render the best sunglasses useless. The conversion is so well done that no special body or interior modifications needed to happen. It also has just 4000 miles on the odometer, and judging by that happy face up front, it’s positively thrilled to be out of the garage. Just imagine how much bigger that smile would be with the car laying waste to Evos, M3s, Camaros, Mustangs, and just about anything else on the road?
Anyone care to hedge some bets as to how much the final bid price will be? As I type this with about four days left in the auction it’s already at $15,600. It’s a no-reserve affair so it will have a new owner, and while there are still Miata V8 conversion kits available, the Monster Miatas were the only official turnkey all-in-one cars built. They’re rare and awesome, so I think $30,000 is still a good buy.
Whatever the price, let’s hope the new owner does something about those 4000 original miles. This car was meant to be a terror on the streets, not a tucked-away garage queen. In the meantime, here’s something to give #SavePhil a whole new meaning. Perhaps it’s time to create a new monster Miata and unleash it onto the world.