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 […]
You might think that combining the engine from a Pinto, suspension from a Beetle, and safety features from a pre-war British car would result in something that would be slow, handle miserably, and still kill you in the parking lot…but you’d be wrong. Because it is a homebuilt kit car and it’ll never run long enough to get to any speed that would be fatal. The worst thing that might happen is if it falls off a Harbor Freight jackstand and crushes you. Didn’t you read rule number 121 in the SAE Automotive Handbook “Don’t trust your life with anything from Harbor Freight” or rule 122 “Only drive a kit car if your life insurance payment is up-to-date”. Anyway…find this 1983 Blakely Bernardi offered for $10,000 in Copley, OH via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car might look like something designed in England just after WWII, but it is actually a kit body and frame built in Blakely Auto Works Princeton, WI in the 1980s. The Blakely Beranardi was expensive when new — a fully assembled version sold for almost $22k, or about the same as a new Corvette. But if you wanted a neo-classic designed kit car vaguely reminiscent of an MG TD that uses a Ford Pinto, Mercury Bobcat or Mustang II donor car…you could do worse. Somehow the seller of this next managed to get a pre-smog 1971 title and is offering this car for a decent price. Find this 1971 Blakely Bernardi offered for $11,000 in Carson, CA via craigslist.
It isn’t often that you stumble onto a 1 of 250 built oddball kit car from the 1970s that didn’t use Volkswagen power or make you cringe at first sight. Yeah, we are talking about the Dick Blakely built and Ford 4-banger powered Bearcat. Find this 1975 Blakely Bearcat offered for $12,500 in Arizona City, AZ via […]
The Blakely Bernardi is neo-classic designed kit car vaguely reminiscent of an MG TD that uses a Ford Pinto, Mercury Bobcat or Mustang II donor car. The kit body and frame were built in Blakely Auto Works Princeton, WI factory and sold for almost $9k in 1984 — and that was before you added the […]