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I now have one, well, will soon have one (#86 out of 100). So I guess that puts me at the right hand of the Roadster God.

Its a winter project, and will need a little effort to make into a fine looking car. But do I go for the concours approach, or something else. The engine has already been breathed on by Mazdaspeed in Japan (carries a camcover numbered plate, in addition to the M2 ID plates).
 

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well done, is it Dean's car or a fresh import ... any pictures ?
Not Deans car; this one was imported in 1999, so its been here a while.

Here are pics of the car from the ad:





This car only came to my notice on wednesday, and it was, er, competitively priced, s I've had to make a snap decision on it. Hope its the right one!

Some other pics I have:
 

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Awesome! Way to go, man! The M2-1002 is neat because it is more grand touring oriented so I would imagine it makes a wonderful road car. It's got the special leather trim, alloy bits, wheels, and center console. I'd love to see some up close pics of the instrument cluster so I can compare it to that offered in the M2-1001. Your car already has the looks with that lovely dark paint, contrasting interior, and classic Panasport wheels. Since the Mazdaspeed tuning is a part of your car's unique history I would keep it but try to get the rest of the car looking as fresh and original as new. I think the councours route would ultimately be the more rewarding and cost effective way to go with this car. In doing so you will avoid the pitfalls of adding aftermarket parts which I think would detract from its value. The only non-original parts I would recommend would be a set of high-quality adjustable coilovers like Ohlins PCV or similar. Replacement exhaust system would also be okay so long as it was simple and classic style (no RS*R). Keep us posted.
 

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One thing I never appreciated on the 1002; all that cream on the dash isn't cream plastic. Its actually leather stitched and laid on top of a Vspec dash.

The car is an RA-grade; so its missing the original front bumper. There's no way I can track down a 1002 bumper, but I have the perfect alternative...... Other than that, the exterior is pretty good. The top is well past its sell by date.

Interior; needs a good clean, leather might need dye in some places. If you look carefully, you will see the transmission tunnel carpet still has plastic covering the carpet, from the factory!

Engine externally looks stock, but it pulls very strongly, so presume there are some cam and valve mods. Trying to find out from Enfini if they keep any records. With this type of badge, it would have been a car modified for a customer.
 

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Awesome! Way to go, man! The M2-1002 is neat because it is more grand touring oriented so I would imagine it makes a wonderful road car. It's got the special leather trim, alloy bits, wheels, and center console. I'd love to see some up close pics of the instrument cluster so I can compare it to that offered in the M2-1001. Your car already has the looks with that lovely dark paint, contrasting interior, and classic Panasport wheels. Since the Mazdaspeed tuning is a part of your car's unique history I would keep it but try to get the rest of the car looking as fresh and original as new. I think the councours route would ultimately be the more rewarding and cost effective way to go with this car. In doing so you will avoid the pitfalls of adding aftermarket parts which I think would detract from its value. The only non-original parts I would recommend would be a set of high-quality adjustable coilovers like Ohlins PCV or similar. Replacement exhaust system would also be okay so long as it was simple and classic style (no RS*R). Keep us posted.
It has the same cluster as the M2-1001. Unless someone can get me a 1002 bumper at less than bankrupting prices, something else will need to do. But some other stuff needs to be sourced as well; since it was smashed up in 1998, its lost all its undertray.

PS. As I paid so little for this car, anything I do, such as putting on some new tyres, will add to the value. Hard car to value in the UK, as there are so few about. They're not getting any cheaper in Japan either.
 

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The interior trim is in surprisingly good condition. Some detailing and a set of new carpets should have you sorted. The mirrors and valve cover can be polished up. Many of the Japanese and UK cars I see are filthy dirty underhood so you've probably got a few weekends worth of work there just getting it presentable. Enjoy.
 

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The light ivory colored carpets must be hard to keep clean. Hopefully you can get the floor mats looking as nice as the rest of the carpet underneath that plastic. I love the leather covered instrument binnacle. Thanks for the pics.
 

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The interior needs a really good clean; some parts are missing; the chrome retaining ring for the gear gaiter (but I think I can get a replacement from a Mini supplier), plus the chromed plastic window winders, and the metal door pulls. I'm not too enamoured on the fake wood trim in the middle; as its damaged, I will need t make a decision if I want to repair it, or make a reversible change. The factory cream mats are still there, and lifting them reveals the wool pile carpet in near perfect condition.

Engine bay is full of leaves, and I see moss growing :shock:. Usually, in my engines, I can eat my dinner off them. So, yes, some work is needed.
 

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nice one Andy ...

the whole interior on the M2-1002 is custom stitched including the suede guage cowl ...

looks like the carpets need a good vaxing !!! there was an original M2-1001 front bumper sold here in the UK within the last 6 months but I can't remember if it was on ebay or somewhere else ... it may be worth posting on all the forums like mx5nuts etc , whoever got it maybe hasn't installed it yet so it may turn up !!? It was definately quite cheap and I nearly bought it just for the sake of it ...

it certainly looks like a good basis and seems to have all of th ecorrect M2 parts on it, personally I would keep any M2 car as stock as possible as the individual parts on the M2 cars is what gives them their appeal in my opinion ...
 

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nice one Andy ...

the whole interior on the M2-1002 is custom stitched including the suede guage cowl ...

looks like the carpets need a good vaxing !!! there was an original M2-1001 front bumper sold here in the UK within the last 6 months but I can't remember if it was on ebay or somewhere else ... it may be worth posting on all the forums like mx5nuts etc , whoever got it maybe hasn't installed it yet so it may turn up !!? It was definately quite cheap and I nearly bought it just for the sake of it ...

it certainly looks like a good basis and seems to have all of th ecorrect M2 parts on it, personally I would keep any M2 car as stock as possible as the individual parts on the M2 cars is what gives them their appeal in my opinion ...
I don't think that was a 1001 half bumper (which, if you actually see it close up, is a really bad fit), but GHO bumper. I already have a GHO bumper :lol: Or was it a D-tec half bumper??


Thing is, the Japanese don't see to be that precious about the M2s. I'm going to be getting a roll bar put in this; all my Roadsters have had rollbars. The Fusion Fabrications bars seems to allow a design that results in minimal damage to the car. I can get them to modify the design of their bar so it follows the M2-1001 design more closely in appearance.

One other thing; it has Zoom engineering wing indicators, which I will be wanting to replace with factory indicators. Anyone want to swap? Bear in mind, before anyone thinks they can make a mint out of me, I can pick up a pair of these from a scrappie for a tenner.
 

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I'm sure you could find some alloy window winders and interior door handles from Zoom or Runabout that would be similar if not exactly the same as original. The wood is an acquired taste. If it is damaged than something should be done. If the gear knob and hand brake handle are originals it seems a shame to get rid of the wood around the console. Perhaps you could find a craftsmen who could make you a replacement wood panel that matches the original design but uses higher quality vaneer and varnish?
 

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nice one Andy ...

the whole interior on the M2-1002 is custom stitched including the suede guage cowl ...

looks like the carpets need a good vaxing !!! there was an original M2-1001 front bumper sold here in the UK within the last 6 months but I can't remember if it was on ebay or somewhere else ... it may be worth posting on all the forums like mx5nuts etc , whoever got it maybe hasn't installed it yet so it may turn up !!? It was definately quite cheap and I nearly bought it just for the sake of it ...

it certainly looks like a good basis and seems to have all of th ecorrect M2 parts on it, personally I would keep any M2 car as stock as possible as the individual parts on the M2 cars is what gives them their appeal in my opinion ...
I don't think that was a 1001 half bumper (which, if you actually see it close up, is a really bad fit), but GHO bumper. I already have a GHO bumper :lol: Or was it a D-tec half bumper??


Thing is, the Japanese don't see to be that precious about the M2s. I'm going to be getting a roll bar put in this; all my Roadsters have had rollbars. The Fusion Fabrications bars seems to allow a design that results in minimal damage to the car. I can get them to modify the design of their bar so it follows the M2-1001 design more closely in appearance.

One other thing; it has Zoom engineering wing indicators, which I will be wanting to replace with factory indicators. Anyone want to swap? Bear in mind, before anyone thinks they can make a mint out of me, I can pick up a pair of these from a scrappie for a tenner.
I'm not talking about an M2-1001 or D-Tech variant, this was definately M2-1002 type ...

arrive in Japan make a virtually identical bar to the M2-1001 item

while the Japanese may not be particularly precious about modifying their M2 cars you only have to see the price of the parts on JYA to see how sought after they are - for example £500 for M2-1001 fuel filler lid and £350 for guage pod are pretty steep by anyone's standards ...

the M2 cars are very sought after and collectible in Japan with the 1001's and 1028's fetchinf VERY high prices for low mileage and unmolested examples
 

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:D nice one, I saw this last week, entirely by accident, I was just googling randomly and really couldn't believe the price, you got a bargain.
Had I had the spare cash I probably would have snapped it up. :)
 

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Beautiful!! I love all the leather stitching in the interior! It deserves to be restored.

Too bad the front bumper is not original... but the Mazdaspeed tuning (?) makes up for it ;)
 

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I'm not talking about an M2-1001 or D-Tech variant, this was definately M2-1002 type ...

arrive in Japan make a virtually identical bar to the M2-1001 item

while the Japanese may not be particularly precious about modifying their M2 cars you only have to see the price of the parts on JYA to see how sought after they are - for example £500 for M2-1001 fuel filler lid and £350 for guage pod are pretty steep by anyone's standards ...

the M2 cars are very sought after and collectible in Japan with the 1001's and 1028's fetchinf VERY high prices for low mileage and unmolested examples

Ah, I getcha....but you did say 1001 bumper :lol:

The Fusion bar is attractive as it doesn't require cutting through the shelf to fit. Once you do this, then you have to get the carpet properly cut and bound.....Plus, Jap bars never arrive with clear instructions, so its a bit of a guess where to cut.

Fuel filler on the 1002 is kind of boring; its a standard lid with a lock on it. I've seen 1001 gauge pods sell over here for under £100. Select Imports have brought a few lookie-likies, with M2 kit on. The gauge pods end up being taken out, as useless (difficult to put a mph calibration); thats something I am going to have to look into. Apparently the speedo uses a standard Roadster cable, so you can regear it to read 0-180 mph. Not my cup of tea, so I'd welcome ideas how to make a mph speedo face.

I think this car still has the original bumper on, its just that one bit has fallen off; no chipping on the bumper to denote a resprayed item.

I've been tracking M2 prices for some time now; 1001s haven't appeared at auction since April now.There was a big release of them onto the market when the NC came out. The cheapest, landed 1001, a repaired grade car, would be about £6k landed. 1002s are a bit cheaper. 1028s don't fetch quite as high prices; the 1001 remains the daddy.
 

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I'm not talking about an M2-1001 or D-Tech variant, this was definately M2-1002 type ...

arrive in Japan make a virtually identical bar to the M2-1001 item

while the Japanese may not be particularly precious about modifying their M2 cars you only have to see the price of the parts on JYA to see how sought after they are - for example £500 for M2-1001 fuel filler lid and £350 for guage pod are pretty steep by anyone's standards ...

the M2 cars are very sought after and collectible in Japan with the 1001's and 1028's fetchinf VERY high prices for low mileage and unmolested examples

Ah, I getcha....but you did say 1001 bumper :lol:

The Fusion bar is attractive as it doesn't require cutting through the shelf to fit. Once you do this, then you have to get the carpet properly cut and bound.....Plus, Jap bars never arrive with clear instructions, so its a bit of a guess where to cut.

Fuel filler on the 1002 is kind of boring; its a standard lid with a lock on it. I've seen 1001 gauge pods sell over here for under £100. Select Imports have brought a few lookie-likies, with M2 kit on. The gauge pods end up being taken out, as useless (difficult to put a mph calibration); thats something I am going to have to look into. Apparently the speedo uses a standard Roadster cable, so you can regear it to read 0-180 mph. Not my cup of tea, so I'd welcome ideas how to make a mph speedo face.

I think this car still has the original bumper on, its just that one bit has fallen off; no chipping on the bumper to denote a resprayed item.

I've been tracking M2 prices for some time now; 1001s haven't appeared at auction since April now.There was a big release of them onto the market when the NC came out. The cheapest, landed 1001, a repaired grade car, would be about £6k landed. 1002s are a bit cheaper. 1028s don't fetch quite as high prices; the 1001 remains the daddy.
yeah, sorry ... my bad typing ! meant 1002 !!!

as far as the speedo is concerned you can always stick little mileage indicatots on th eface of the guage like a lot of import motorbike guys do or make a proper clear backed calibrated to mph overlay to stick on the glass to be a bit neater ...

as far as desireabilty goes I think the 1001 followed by the 1028 and then the 1002 but since yours has mazdspeed modded engine I would put it on par with a 1028 in similar condition ...
 
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