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This one-off roadster is the Mazda MX-5 Levanto, a special project commissioned by Mazda Italia. Inspired by Bruce Brown’s 1966 surf film ‘Endless Summer’, Garage Italia Customs set out to create a tribute to the famous film.

On the outside, the MX-5’s body “incorporates the colours of the long summer sunsets,” with an orange hue that fades in indigo above the waistline. The special paintjob required skilled artisans to ensure that the colours “fade into each other naturally.” A set of 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels have also been fitted to go with the new look.

As if the exterior visuals aren’t arresting enough, the interior receives an extensive remodelling to feature denim (with contrast orange stitching) on nearly every surface. Certain areas like the seats, steering wheel and door handles are upholstered in a washable denim with Alcantara, and finished in a nautical blue tone.

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Under the hood, the MX-5 Levanto retains its 1.5 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine, providing 131 hp and 150 Nm of torque. Power is directed to the rear wheels via a six-speed SkyActiv-MT manual gearbox.

The name ‘Levanto’ is a nod to the municipality in the La Spezia province in Italy. Known for its clear waters, it is considered to be the Italian birthplace of surfing. According to Mazda Italia, the MX-5 Levanto grants an “irrepressible feeling like an endless summer.”