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Discussion in 'Tesla Parts for Sale' started by vfx, Apr 24, 2009.
Here is a Roadster frame.
Heh... that was the name of the Mazda Miata in Japan. It was branded the Eunos Roadster.
AKA MX-5 in Japan.
The car always had the designation of MX-5. However, MX-5 became the primary name in all markets when the 3rd generation body style came out (that's right, they dropped the name Miata in the US, though eventually brought it back). But for the original body style (so called NA or Mk1), the car was called Miata in the US and Roadster in Japan.
I went to the Tokyo motor show in 1993... Back when they were first launching the Eunos name. They had the new Twin Turbo Rx7 and Eunos Cosmo 3-rotor.
They also had the MX-5 and weren't (as far as I recall) using the Roadster or Miata name at all back then in Japan (Miata was USA only). I gather things changed over the years since then.
Not that I particularly care to discus Miata trivia on a Tesla forum, but the MX-5 was introduced in Japan as the Eunos Roadster in 1989. The Eunos brand died in the mid '90s.
The car is still basically known as "Roadster" in Japan. Thus the plate frames on a Miata swag site.
For a touch of relevance, the car's styling was most directly influenced by the Lotus Elan. :smile:
Eunos cars - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mazda - EUNOS 800
Anyways, being from here I was only familiar with Mazda at the time so when I went to the motor show all I saw was "new Eunos this" and "new Efini that" and "new Autozam other thing"... Also I was only familiar with Miata as Miata, so when I saw them sporting MX-5 badges, I assumed it was a Japan market thing. Oh and the new (at that time) twin turbo Rx7 was being marketed as an Efini.
The early 90s were an interesting time for Japanese cars with Lexus, Acura, Infinit and all those Mazda brands showing up for the first time. The other odd thing was seeing the NSX as a Honda instead of Acura.
I think maybe Mazda was experimenting with Eunos as a sub brand for a couple years before they officially launched it as a full fledged brand. In 1992/1993 they were actually starting to have Eunos branded dealerships not just a couple of models with Eunos badges.
Perhaps I saw so many "Roadsters" branded as MX-5 there because the "international" motor show was showing off world branded models to dealers from Europe that had come to Japan for the show.
I found these CF plate frames. I found some cheesy ones on Amazon (not worth it), but if you're looking for a decent CF plate frame, these are lightweight and are reasonably well put together.
There's a woman who walks around Super Car Sunday in LA selling CF LP frames. They are good. Next time I see her I will ask if she has a website.
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Pretty sure he will sell these.
Tesla finally came up with a frame: Tesla License Plate Frame
They should just mail these to all the reservation holders! :biggrin:
I would've totally bought this two years ago. Not worth it for only 6 months! :frown:
That's great... now how about a "THIS car is electric" version of it. I'd put that on my Roadster!
Come on! They should also have:
"My other car is electric"
Sell to us current Roadster owners now, and for Model S owners for their 2nd (gasser) car.
I've had that frame (made custom) on my Audi for some years now. I needed to replace it with one that is plural, though, when I got the 2008 Roadster to go with the 2003 RAV4-EV.
Actually it's $49 with shipping.
What a dumb plate frame - it doesn't even make sense to put it on an electric car.
My Roadster rear frame says "Real Cars Are Electric" which would be better for Tesla to sell because you could put it on anything.
My front says "No Gas. No Emissions. No Compromises." which I stole from somebody else.
This frame is for those of us who don't have electric cars yet, but have one on order.
Yeah, but why would you buy a frame that will be obsolete in a few months? It's not like you can transfer it to your new car. Well I suppose you could but nobody would understand.