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Simpatico
09-02-2009, 11:59 PM
A rare one, nearly perfect out the box (well it took the facelift with Mazda Mr Blobby lights to perfect it istead of the original Citroen/Alfa variation). It predated the MX5 too despite drawing comparisons.

The press car in light blue was pretty, but this one was the best I ever saw, at the Coys festival 1998. DVLA says it's still on the road but I never saw it again, has it appeared anywhere?

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2281/2161488221_0b54c86633_o.jpg

I see the kit has been redesigned and relaunched, not too pretty now either.

Spacenut
10-02-2009, 12:26 PM
I believe that the rights to manufacture are now owned by Adrenaline Motorsports, who do the Scooby-based Murtaya of course.

A recently refurbished Minari of the same colour parked next to me at the AROC show in Chatham last year. I can't immediately check the registration after we lost everything in Photobucket. It was a nice machine, Alfa 1.7 8v engine and new transaxle if I remember.

I think you are right about the front headlights (the original AX items never looked that good), but I quite liked the Alfa Sprint rear lights...

AROC actually acknowledge this make of car in the same breath as Spiders and Giulias, there is even a Minari register. The handling (being on a shorter wheelbase than an Alfasud/33 and lighter weight) is supposed to be incredible!

Lauren

PaddyX21
09-09-2009, 11:53 AM
Saw a nice light blue one on the M25 last week
We nearly bought one back in the mid(ish) 90's, wish we had now!

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MicksRedNova
17-01-2010, 08:23 PM
I believe that the rights to manufacture are now owned by Adrenaline Motorsports, who do the Scooby-based Murtaya of course.
Lauren

Just read in the latest CKC that Adrenaline have gone into administration.

Mick

Alzax3
17-01-2010, 09:47 PM
Seems to be what happens to kit car makers who set up in Cornwall...... Mind you, Sam Cobley said he visited Adrenaline's factory, which he described as a 'cattle shed that hadn't been cleaned of all traces of cattle' so perhaps they were on a shoe-string anyway?

jimcub
17-01-2010, 10:18 PM
I believe that investers were not releasing funds into the company, maybe they saw the cattle shed and thought there cash can go elsewhere.

Spacenut
18-01-2010, 12:13 PM
That's surprising considering the regard in which the Murtaya is held. But there again, in the current financial climate no manufacturer is safe.

The Minari (and to a lesser extent its successor) was a nicely proportioned "normal" sports car. No outrageous styling features, just sensible modern design. Sometimes in the kit car world the budding builder needs something "a little bit different" to make their car stand out from the crowd. Which is why Gardiner-Douglas continue to produce the Lola T70 Mk3 with a load of inappropriate diffusers tacked on the back...

I remember Rickman went the same way - sometimes making a practical, useable every day kit car for the same price as a practical useable every day secondhand Ford Escort just doesn't generate sales, even if the quality of the product is flawless... :dunce:

Lauren

MicksRedNova
18-01-2010, 11:40 PM
That's surprising considering the regard in which the Murtaya is held. But there again, in the current financial climate no manufacturer is safe. Lauren

The article said that the Murtaya was safe - due to some legal loophole in the company assets register no doubt.

Mick