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There’s a handful of mass-produced cars that have a great chassis that’s often used in body swap projects. One of these chassis is from the Mazda Miata / MX-5, it’s small and put together well which results in a car that has great handling, which is why oftentimes when an MX-5 is entered into a timed gymkhana-style event it snatches a podium spot. The rear-wheel drive setup can do amazing even when pitted against much higher horsepower cars. Out of the projects and companies we’ve seen that make use of the little Japanese chassis, none even come close to what Spanish premium coach-builders Hurtan have accomplished. The range of cars they produce are absolutely amazing, and the latest one to come out of the factory was created to celebrate the company’s milestone 30th anniversary and it goes by the name of the Grand Albaycín Special Edition. It’s so special in fact that the car will be limited to just six models that shows how a modern chassis can be made to be super special with a body packed with classic styling cues.

The end result is as far from an MX-5 as possible, and it’s available in both hard and soft top in a choice of three colours that have been named Lead Grey, Cherry Red, and Midnight Blue. As you can see, the samples you see here are in Lead Grey and Midnight Blue, the latter being our choice, well until we see how good the shade of red looks. The interior looks nothing like you expect, it’s as luxurious as you can get complete with plush leather, wood and some modern tech to make it more fun to drive than an actual 60s-inspired car. The limited model can also be had in automatic and manual guise with either a 1.5-litre or a 2.0-litre powerplant. The smaller capacity is rated at 97 Kw and the larger at 135 kW. While these cars are all about looking cool, they run ok. The 1.5 can reach 204 km/h and the 2.0 gets to 219 km/h. This is still the kind of car we’d slap one of the many aftermarket turbocharger or supercharger conversion kits on just to make the hand-built car that little bit more menacing. There’s no ETA on delivery or sales price, and as far as we can tell there’s a selection process for potential buyers and a €5,000 deposit secures a slot. That said, by the time you read this, it’s highly likely that they’ve all been accounted for. We do think Hurtan needs to make more of these 30th Anniversary models. 

Take a look at the YouTube video we sourced that shows off what has to be one of the coolest reworks of a Mazda Miata/MX-5 chassis to date. Sure, it's not the 30th Anniversary edition because no videos have been made yet, but this Grand Albaycín model does an equally good job of showing off the superb coach-building skills from the Spanish automotive company: All New Hurtan Grand Albaycín | Amazing Automotive

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