The Simpson Swift

 by Michael Satterfield

Jim Simpson is an automotive artist who builds some of the most beautiful bespoke sportscars on the market today. His creations are based on one of the best selling sports cars of all time, the Mazda MX-5, but you wouldn't know it until you popped the hood. Jim takes classic styling and old-world craftsmanship to create a truly one of a kind sports car.

His past cars have drawn inspiration from Zagato, Ferrari, and vintage Mazdas, the process starts with discussing what the customer is looking for, then Jim sets to work with sketching and creating a scale model. The buck is made of hand-shaped metal and sent off to master model makers so the final body can be made out of fiberglass. The attention to detail is what sets Simpson Design apart from many other "replica car" makers.

See more of his work on the Simpson Design's website.






Images via Simpson Design

9 Comments

  1. fairly ugly with those thin ass wheels, so close to being quite cool, but its just off.

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  2. They made the classic mistake of letting the apprentice finish of the rear end design on Friday afternoon while all the talent sacked it off and went to the pub! :D

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  3. I really wanted to like it then I saw the front and could not see anything but a bucked toothed red headed stepchild :(

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  4. Looks like a cheap kit-car from the back. Hard pass.

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  5. I like Simpson's designs. They're quirky in a not-quite-right kinda way. Perfection in art is overrated.

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  6. this paired with a jag v6 would be nice

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  7. I think I want one and I know I can't afford one.

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  8. Was hoping the front would have more of an MGB vibe. Still pretty cool

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  9. A very nice piece, thank you guys for doing this... One thing that was not mentioned is the Swift has a scratch built chassis and weighs in just under 1400 lbs so it lives up to its name... I wanted to show that you did not need huge HP or engine displacement to make a very quick car. The design influence of the Swift was from a Michelotti designed Lotus XI that was built as a one off by Ghia Aigle.

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