Isn't the world a small place. I often thought about building a Mirage, and also the Volkswagen-powered Amante. But I was also building a business, and spare time was nonexistent, so buying complete cars was always a shorter path to fun. Early on, I did attempted a rebuild. A local judge had absolutely destroyed his Marcos 3 liter coupe - I drove it home on 3 cylinders. Over the course of two years, I assiduously purchased all the parts for an engine and trans rebuild, while I was glassing in aluminum buttresses to eliminate the body cracks which always formed at the base of the B pillars. When I was finished, without much of a weight penalty, I'll bet I owned the strongest Marcos 3 liter coupe body in existence. And during those two years, the machine shop I had selected was going out of business and losing most of my parts! When I discovered the loss, I was so disappointed, I bailed out of the project. Too bad - a unique and pretty car. I don't know if she ever got that second lease on life. Since then, I only buy cars with sound fundaments. My Lola motor produced 180 PSI exactly in all 8 cylinders, equating to 10.5:1 compression, and the trans was smooth and quiet in all 5 gears plus reverse. The rest, though a lot (think of every bit of rubber aging out - every wheel cylinder, every fuel and brake line, every master and slave cylinder, the fuel cell and so on), I can handle. Anyway, your Mirages are like the French fighter jets of the same name - gorgeous to look at and fast as hell. Great job!