Pinto Inside: 1983 Blakely Bernardi
If you had $22k to spend on a new ca in 1980 you could go buy a Corvette, but then you’d just be another Miami Vice wannabe with a nice sun tan. But if you were smart, you would have purchased a Blakely Bernardi, which might have been sitting on a Ford Pinto (or Mercury Bobcat) chassis, but if exuded all the class and elegance of a classic British roadster. Instead, you’d be an Inspect Morse wannabe with a bad sun burn. Find this 1983 Blakely Bernardi offered for $15,000 in Kendall, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
From the seller:
1983 Blakely Bernardi
cylinders: 8 cylinders
paint color: custom
title status: clean
The Bernardi is a limited production kit car built by Blakely auto works in the US. This rare example is powered by a Mustang drive train. Ford 302 V8 with an Edelbrock carb, 5 speed transmission, and differential were pulled off of a 1988 mustang and installed very early in the cars life. The body consists of double layered fiberglass with a gel coat outer layer. Below is a list of modifications/maintenance done within the last year:
- Cam job with a custom ground comp racing cam.
- Custom all aluminum 3 core radiator
- Holly racing fuel pump
- Syclone 16” 2500cfm Fan & controller
- New water pump
- Chromed valve covers
- Cherrybomb glasspack mufflers, header back
- 1980s Mercedes SL seats
– Grant steering wheel
If you are Interested please let me know. Clean title in hand, cash only.
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On the plus side, you don’t have that annoying air cooled VW sound like most kit cars.
V8, clutch pedal, and a nice exhaust rumble. What’s not to like?
Your comment made me look at this post! I saw “Pinto” and passed, but this is something else. One of the most appealing abominations ever seen on here, beige notwithstanding — how nice would this be in navy (or even Na’vi), burgundy, whisky or olive.
Yep, this is actually rather cool.