The base car for the TRIBUTE MX250 kit is the MAZDA MX5 MkI, but it can also be fitted to the Mk2 with some modifications to the kit. With 50:50 front/rear weight balance it has outstanding handling. Available in 1.6 and 1.8 RWD set up, it weights in at just over 1 ton giving excellent power to weight ratio.
Now very affordable in the UK, with prices ranging from £400 for an MOT’d example.
Many of the cars, especially imports, have been modified by previous owners. This can be very useful when stripping the base car and selling the unwanted parts, as they can fetch a premium resale price and help you recoupe part of the cost of the base car.
All MX5’s are equipped with alloy wheels, 14” as standard, but some have been upgraded to 15", 16“ or 17” by previous owners. Again, these can be sold to help towards the cost of the new wheels that will be required to build a TRIBUTE MX250.
Below is an example of a realistic entry level self build cost for a TRIBUTE MX250 HARD TOP:
Base car purchase (Example £650 minus £250 parts sold) = £400
Tribute MX250 kit = £1970 + VAT
Lights, hinges, grille, rear glass etc from = £170
Alloy wheels and tyres (2nd hand) from = £350
Prep and paint from = £1000
Other sundry assembly items = £200
Total = £4090