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Miata components transformed into vintage-style Fangio racer

You can DIY or buy turn-key version, and racing in UK starts in 2022 with possible US series in the works


Calling it “the world’s most cost-effective way to feel like Fangio,” the first Tipo184 car kit will be displayed June 25-27 at the London Classic Car Show in Syon Park, Middlesex. Subsequently, such kits will be available for purchase through the tipo184 website.

Although a completed car sold for $100,000 at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, starter kits are priced at £9,499 ($13,290). 

The Tipo184 was created by British automotive personality Ant Anstead, and while it looks like a historic Italian Grand Prix racing car of the 1930s, it is based on Mazda Miata components. The British Racing & Sports Car Club plans to launch a one-make racing series with the cars in 2022. Series are in planning in Europe and the US as well.

The tipo184 chassis

The London Classic Car Show celebrates “the Evolution of Design” in 2021 and will feature the Tipo184 which “evokes memories of one of the most successful race cars of all time,” according to the news release. 

“The brainchild of TV personality Ant Anstead, ‘imagineered’ by Darren Collins, and brought to reality by a small team of enthusiasts at Dowsetts Classic Cars, the car uses running gear from the second-generation Mazda MX-5/Miata, providing classic motorsport enthusiasts with an affordable route into single-seater racing. The entire vehicle has been designed to be built at home by an enthusiast with no specialist skills and comes in a series of kits.”

In addition to the do-it-yourself project version, turnkey cars are available from Dowsetts.

“We are delighted to unveil chassis 0001 to the world, showing the intensive development work that has been put in since the project was announced late last year,” Jeremy McNamara, chief executive of Dowsetts is quoted in the announcement. “Tipo184 provides those looking to enter into race car ownership with an affordable and fun option.”

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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