For a while I’ve been wanting to buy something like this
Finnicky, unreliable but cool looking and infinitely quirky small British roadster. Either an MGB or an Austin-Healey ‘Bugeye’ Sprite. Something cheap and broken. Then de-body an NA8 or an NB Miata as if prepping for a Exocet build and drop the old British sheet metal down over the far more reliable, modern, and powerful Japanese running gear. Adjust the transmission tunnel and suspension mount points as needed, and shorten the driveshaft (if necessary). Weld up some mounts for the instrument cluster, pedals, and steering wheel from the Miata and you have yourself an on-the-cheap restomodded “derelict”-style roadster with ~130hp that weighs next to nothing.