Some enthusiasts find pleasure in showing off their ride at cars and coffee on Saturdays, or taking it to an auto show for their chance at some trophies and fame. Others like hitting the track on weekends for a bit of performance-pushing power, or prefer snaking their way down a canyon like petrol-powered bobsledders. And then there are the guys who find that the greatest pleasure comes from breaking a car down to its bare bones, and then rebuilding it from the ground up. 

This is where some of the greatest innovations in automotive history began
 and where many concepts are born, far from the engineering laboratories of the world’s biggest automakers. Every day, in garages and shops across the country, friends and family members meet-up to have a few beers and turn some wrenches on their project cars.
A project car is typically considered as a vehicle that is purchased inexpensively and needs a bit of love in one form or another. As the auto industry has evolved, so have the DIY guys and aftermarket shops, and nowadays there are entire industries dedicated solely to producing third-party components and accessories.

5.Mazda Miata (1990-1997)

When it comes to sports cars, the Miata is the long-running champ in terms of affordability and fun. Since the Miata has been in production for such a long time, there are lots of replacement and aftermarket parts available for anyone looking to turn one into a project. This rear-wheel-drive, stick shifting little rocket has seen a spike in popularity in recent years, with a healthy handful of people swapping in GM’s LS motor for some insane power to weight ratios. But for those of you just want a fun little car for the weekends and prefer to keep it stock, we recommend looking for models from the mid-to-late 1990s, as the Miata was upgraded following the 1994 model year to include a larger engine, brakes, and wheels. For parts, check out Integrated Performance in California; they were the ones who helped Super Street with its Miata project a few years back.

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Source : Sam Becker /Autos Cheat Sheet
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