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The redesigned Mazda MX-5 marks the anniversary of the brand

Spanish bodybuilder Hurtan has been repairing cars since 1992 and is now celebrating its 30th anniversary with a luxurious Mazda MX-5. The Miata ND-based Grand Albaycín has been around in soft-top and RF versions since last year, but this new special edition marks the exclusivity. Only six will be made, all with retro designs inspired by the sports cars of the ’50s and ’60s.

Customers will be able to choose between three exterior colors (gunmetal, cherry red and midnight blue) and two interior finishes. The images show the sporty roadster with the manually folding cloth top and electrically operated hardtop. Hurtan intends to sell the highly customized MX-5 roadsters with a choice between the six-speed manual transmission and an automatic with the same number of gears.

Without seeing the interior, it would be hard to tell that it’s actually an MX-5 under the skin. It looks like a 1960s British roadster, which isn’t as sacrilegious as it might sound, since the original Miata NA was modeled after post-WWII British roadsters. We’d say the quad exhaust tips are overkill considering the Grand Albaycín retains the naturally aspirated 1.5- and 2.0-liter engines with 132 and 184 horsepower, respectively.

While the exterior represents an acquired taste, there’s no question that the cabin is much more luxurious than what you’ll find in the standard ND. It makes us wonder if Mazda’s ill-fated premium Amati brand ever intended to give the beloved Miata a high-end version.

Hurtan isn’t just modifying Miatas as they also have the Author, serving as a redesigned Chrysler PT Cruiser, alongside Route 44, a bulbous Fiat Ducato/Ram ProMaster with a retro look. The Grenada-based coachbuilder also sells the Vintage, a Jeep Wrangler with a 1930s-inspired makeover.

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