I’ve been pretty brutal on kit cars that look like they are fast/fun, but have the performance figures of a Prius (see Volkswagen powered kit cars et al). However, it isn’t the ACTUAL zero-to-60 performance that is important, but the experience. You want that car that makes you feel like a kid again, and that […]
A few years ago a friend asked for recommendations for a late model 4 seat convertible and as I did the requisite research, I discovered that there aren’t that many convertibles with back seats. They do exist and, oddly enough, Mercedes-Benz built quite a few in the past few years with its S-Class, E-Class, C-Class […]
Hey Luigi, you gotta stop driving that crummy old Ferrari — its gonna cost you an arm and a leg with each overpriced Ferrari oil change and don’t get me started on the cost of a basic valve service that is probably required every 4000 kilometers…whatever a kilometer is. A kilometer is probably just a really expensive mile. Anyway, this next Ferrari has had the crummy Italian motor replaced with a proper Chevy V8, but the Leonardo Fioravanti (from Pininfarina) body is still looking like a proper 80s exotic. Find this 1977 Ferrari 400 offered for $19,500 in San Rafael, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I hate to feature another Ponterrari Fi3r08 and make you guys think that I like these things, but this next one is too good looking to pass up. It is still a Fiero, but the wheels and the ride height and other things seem very properly Ferrari and the color just about perfect. So if you don’t mind a car that looks like an 80s Ferrari but drives like an 80s Pontiac…this is it. Find this 1986 Pontiac Fiero Kit Car offered for $15,000 in Saint Cloud, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car is expensive. Mighty expensive. More than a reasonable person should spend on a car…but, it isn’t that much more than the average person spends on a new car. Yup, the average new car price just crossed $40k for the first time last year. Which is insane. But you know what’s not insane — is owning a piece of Italian history for a few more bucks. Because gated shifter equipped Ferraris without turbochargers and electronic motors are a thing of beauty and, regrettably, a thing of the past. The best part is that you can own uno Ferrari for less than the price of a modified MkIV Supra Turbo, and that ain’t bad. Find this 1997 Ferrari F355 Spider offered for $64,980 buy-it-now or make-offer in Beaumont, TX via eBay.
If you are going to go through the trouble of dealing with the nonsense that goes with selling a car on craigslist…you’ve got to provide more than just two photos, especially if that car is an interesting looking fake Ferrari Dino built on a Mazda Miata chassis. We have so many questions, why don’t you sit down and stay a while. Find this 1995 Mazda MX-5 Ferrari Dino offered for $11,500 in Kennesaw, GA via craigslist. Tip from Graham.
I hate to sound negative, but the typical Pontiac Fierrari kit car is a hastily assembled pile of bondo and Chinese sourced Ferrari badges covering an underwhelming driving experience…but every once in a while we stumble over a Fiero based Ferrari kit car that looks and goes like a real Ferrari…and today’s F355 fake sits on a stretched Fiero chassis with a longitudinally mounted Corvette L98 mated to a Cadillac slushbox auto. Find this 1986 Pontiac Fiero Ferrari 355 offered for $15,100 in West Chicago, IL via facebreaking marketbad. Tip from Matt.
It really doesn’t matter that the Kelmark GT started life as a Beetle floorpan based kit car…and that it used a Ford Pinto windshield or that the side windows are inverted Chevy Impala rear windows. What matters is that the Volkswagen aircooled versions of the Kelmark GT were slow and made that characteristic Beetle putt-putt noise…yuck. But when equipped with a watercooled Chevrolet V8 mounted in the middle, the Kelmark was easily equal in performance to the legendary Ferrari 206/246 Dino that it was trying to copy. Find this 1978 Kelmark GT offered for $17,500 in Sonora, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Another day, another Fiero based kit car on the cover of Daily Turismo magazine. Whoa…we’ve got a magazine? No, shut up, I’m just trying to make it seem more impressive…lemme get back to this car. Anyway, this next Fiero is no ordinary Fiero — it has a 4.9 liter V8 from a Cadillac breathing through a Jaguar (?!) exhaust and is covered in a kit body that looks 2 parts Ferrari 308 and 1 part Acura NSX. It is simultaneously like peculiar and snazzy. Find this 1987 Pontiac Fiero Fierriadillac offered for $7,900 buy-it-now in Pueblo, CO via eBay.
The Triumph Stag was a 2+2 convertible sports tourer designed by Giovanni Michelotti (known for his work on the Triumph Spitfire, GT6, TR4, Ferrari 250/340/375, Maserati 3500/5000, and BMW 2002…you get the idea) and produced by Triumph. Today’s Stag has been de-bumpered and the result is a car that looks more mid 60s Lotus or […]