Want classic style with modern technology? This may be for you.
Spanish coachbuilder Hurtan has been modifying and making bespoke sports cars since the 1990s, using modern cars as a base and 1930s and 1940s designs as inspiration. They’ve even so far as tackled a custom design based on the chassis of a Chrysler PT Cruiser a few years back – but now in 2021, the company has brought out its latest project. Its called the Hurtan Grand Albaycin, and it’s built around the concept of British sports cars from mid-last century.
Clashing retro design with modern technology, Hurtan has completely reworked the modern Mazda MX-5’s exterior panels to fit into the 1960s whilst retaining all the features that underpin the original Japanese sports car. Even the Miata’s engine remains, with the option of either the 1.5 or 2.0 litre four-cylinder configuration. In the top 2.0 litre specification, it does get a slightly more powerful 137kW (184hp) power output and a top speed of 219km/h when compared to the MX-5 though, so its evident that some engine reworking has gone into the build process.
We’re going to go ahead and say that the front end might be too busy for everyone’s liking, but the rear however we thinks looks exquisite and quite reminiscent of actual classic British or even Italian sports cars of the era. The company has altered enough around for us to believe that if we were blissfully unaware that this was based on a Mazda, we would have no clue about its origins.
Round lights, extremely large wheel arches, a quad tipped exhaust and a general streamlined flow to the design seemingly makes it quite difficult to spot similarities when positioned next to an MX-5.
Again truthfully, we’re not too sure about what we think about the look of the Grand Albaycin because the front contrasts the rear in such different ways, however one can’t argue about the prestige showcased on the inside – with finely stitched leather seating, and an equally trimmed steering wheel, console, shift knob and handbrake. It’s fairly obvious once you get to the inside that the car is a reskinned Mazda MX-5, but with the addition of wood grain and of course unique serial numbers on each of the 30 planned units – its clear to anyone driving that this isn’t a standard production-line built car.
No prices have been announced by the coachbuilder yet, however its safe to say that it’ll cost a fair bit more than the Mazda MX-5 which starts at A$36,090 / £18,995 / US$26,580 in their respective countries.