1997 Miata That Looks Like A ’65 Mustang Is So Disturbing

The Rorschach test allows psychologists to test the emotional functioning and personality characteristics of a subject. Psychologists do this by showing subjects inkblot cards and asking them what they see. This 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata on Autotrader (via Reddit) is the automotive equivalent of a Rorschach test.

Take a quick look at the vehicle. What do you see? Clearly, it’s a Ford Mustang from the ‘60s, right? Maybe not the best looking example, but it definitely looks like a ’65 Mustang. Others, though, will look at the wheels, the headrests, and wooden steering wheel and figure out that, in reality, this is a Mazda MX-5.

Well, the truth is that the car’s owner decided to take a 1997 Miata and transform it into a Mustang. We’ve seen a lot of things in the past, like V8-powered Miatas and Miatas that have been transformed into other classic machines, but this example is just confusing.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Miata posing as a ‘Stang, though, as Mustang enthusiast and custom car builder Bill Carnes completed a similar build back in 2007. And while we can laugh at the idea of this Frankencar, the idea is to give enthusiasts the opportunity to have the classic look without breaking the bank.

While the exterior is pure Mustang, the engine is from a NA Miata; more specifically, a 130-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder. So, there’s none of the V8 growl that you get with classic pony cars.

The interior is also unchanged from a regular Miata, besides some ill-fitting leather covers for the seats. The roll bars and soft-top are also Miata specific, and the tiny tires are also more fitting of a Miata than a classic Mustang.

With 94,595 miles on the clock, the powertrain has definitely being exercised. Plus, the body looks like it’s seen better days as well. Still, for a Mustang enthusiast out there that doesn’t have the funds to afford a true example, this copycat costs just $9,800.

So, in case you’re interested, we suggest you get some dark-tinted windows, so no one can look inside, and you just might be able to fool people into thinking you’re actually driving a classic Mustang.

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  • Well at least you can fool a lot of people, and chicks who don’t know car.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    I probably wouldn’t have known it wasn’t a mustang, had I not seen the interior. While the door handles and the short wheel base raises redflags… I probably wouldn’t have known it wasn’t a mustang, had I not seen the interior.

  • ejd1984

    At a distance, it could easily be mistaken for one of shortened 2-seat prototypes Ford did in the 1960s.

  • Six_Tymes

    into the crusher, or burn it with fire, lots of it!

  • Craig

    I think that’s amazing. Incredibly well done.

  • Evo45

    It needs a hardtop, then it would look better (still weird though)

  • Bash

    Hmmm, i cant hate it tbh!

  • Bo Hanan

    This is talent! So are the Aston Martin and Ferrari versions.

  • JR Glide

    You cannot beat the Japanese for copycat DNA.

    • What? This comment don’t make sense, The Mustang conversion was finished by aftermarket vendor in USA.

  • Fabián Montiel

    It’s well done but horrible at the same time, the Miata wheelbase is too short.

  • Mathieu Kowalsky

    Ugly painting with “orange skin”, fatal proportions of rear part… engine looks like shit taken from clozet. No electric side windows.. lol

  • Howstar

    Title edit – *DISTURBANG

  • Skip

    Is it a kit car? It almost pulls off the look

  • Let’s call it Ministang!