1995 Mazda MX-5 ‘Rocketeer’ Jaguar V6


  • Amazing ‘Rocketeer’ conversion
  • Fully restored body and shell
  • Thousands spent
  • Incredible soundtrack and performance


The Mazda MX-5 transformed the world sports car market when it debuted in 1989 – bringing back a desire for inexpensive, simple rear-wheel-drive roadsters that had been absent since the demise of the Triumph Spitfire and MG Midget. 

But despite the car’s amazing handling and drop-dead gorgeous styling, the one thing that wasn’t the mark of a full-blooded sports car was the engine. The 1.8-litre twin cam factory unit was lively enough, but it didn’t set the world on fire, leaving many enthusiasts craving more. 

One of the more interesting conversions is the Rocketeer, created by a Hampshire-based company that offers a full conversion kit using a Jaguar 3.0-litre V6 powertrain. It offers an incredible soundtrack and fabulous performance – 0-60mph in less than five seconds, and a sports exhaust that offers the sonorous appeal of a supercar.


  • UK V5C
  • MOT May 2024
  • Cherished registration not included, will come with original number M636 ONH
  • Huge A4 folder full of invoices and receipts 
  • Over £15,000 spent in past seven years
  • Base car fully restored in 2017
  • Converted to Rocketeer spec between 2018 and 2022
  • Invoice for recent £2,000 service
  • Full photographic record of original restoration


  • Fully restored
  • Original spec black and grey cloth seat rim
  • Three-spoke Momo sports steering wheel
  • Additional gauges for oil and water temperature in line with Rocketeer conversion
  • Excellent carpets and door cards
  • Factory wind deflector
  • Superbly presented throughout
  • Modernised Sony stereo with USB input


  • Full body restoration and bare metal respray in 2017
  • Superb condition, with no signs of any rot or corrosion
  • Power coated floors, subframes and suspension components in excellent order
  • Replacement sills 
  • Some very minor blemishes in new paint finish
  • 15-inch Minilite-style alloys with nearly new Uniroyal tyres all-round
  • Factory hardtop in matching silver


  • Professionally installed Jaguar 3.0 V6 Rocketeer conversion
  • Lots of invoices documenting installation and tuning costs
  • Beautifully executed install with carbon fibre manifold and red-top engine detailing
  • Recent £2,000 full service 
  • Five-speed manual with uprated clutch and brakes
  • Stainless steel sports exhaust
  • Described by the vendor as incredible to drive, with no known faults or issues


The Mk 1 MX-5 is already a classic, of that make no mistake. But this takes that traditional sports car concept to a whole new level – it’s a beautifully finished and well-executed conversion that brings a whole new element to the appeal of driving an MX-5 – unbelievably quick, with an astonishing soundtrack and – in this case – far better presented and finished than when it left the factory 28 years ago. 

A wonderful retro resto-mod, with oodles of appeal. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1995
  • Make Mazda
  • Model MX-5 ‘Rocketeer’
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 94,285 Miles
  • Engine size 2997
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Knaresborough
  • Location Yorkshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
10 bids from 5 bidders
  • Piermas•••• £7,500 30/05/23
  • Bzzzrac•••• £7,000 29/05/23
  • Piermas•••• £6,500 29/05/23
  • Bzzzrac•••• £5,500 29/05/23
  • richard•••• £5,250 25/05/23
  • crossbl•••• £5,000 25/05/23
  • richard•••• £4,260 24/05/23
  • Piermas•••• £4,000 24/05/23
  • Bzzzrac•••• £3,100 24/05/23
  • Flex £3,000 24/05/23

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