Dick Dean was a custom car builder who managed George Barris’ famous Kustom City garage for a few years, and is credited for building (or helping build) TV cars like the Munster Koach, Dragula, the Green Hornet’s Black Beauty, the Monkeemobile, Death Race 2000 cars, and the Ghostbusters ECTO-1. In the late 1960s Dean launched his own line of custom dune buggies built on shortened Beetle pans, including the Shalako and Shala-Vette. This work eventually lead to Dean building the Bricklin SV1 with Malcom Bricklin, but I still think his best design is the strangely appealing (not appalling) Shala-Vette. Find this 1969 Shala-Vette offered for $13,000 in Madison, WI (along with a number of other classics being offered by the seller including a ’59 Morris, ’70 Siata Spring, ’69 DAF 55, and others).
This next car comes as a tip from David who writes: Look, run it, don’t run I’m aces either way. But just tell me that’s not actually the air cleaner mounted on what should be the top of the quarter panel. As the proud owner of a ’90 C4 Corvette I’m tempted to get this just to confuse everyone. Yes David, that is a rare optional headrest/aircleaner attached to a single piece Vettish fiberglass body sitting on a Beetle chassis. Wow, that was harder to write than I expected. Find this 1973 Volkswagen Beetle Custom Corvette offered for $1234 in Apopka, FL via fiberbook glassplace.
Fairthorpe Cars out of Buckinghamshire England started making cars in 1954 using motorcycle engines mounted on steel backbones with fiberglass body panels. By the 1970s the company was almost extinct, but not before they released the TX Tripper (possibly through a side venture called Technical Exponents run by the son of the founder), which put dune buggy-ish styling on a Triumph GT6 chassis. It is a hand-built car produced in handfuls and now it is offered for pennies. Find this 1974 Fairthorpe TX Tripper offered for $4,800 in Austin, TX via craigslist.
If you see this next car and get a primordial tingling of deja vu…you might be right, because we’ve featured this car before…and not just another Falcon Caribbean kit car, but this exact Falcon Caribbean was featured in a “what am I?” post in 2014. It is, unfortunately, still in the same semi-finished state as before and the Ford Anglia chassis (probably not the Austin 7 as specified by the seller) is not entirely sorted under the fiberglass body. Get it for cheap, store it, don’t actually do anything to it, and then sell for the same price a few years later. Sounds like a recipe for success. Find this 1959 Falcon Caribbean offered for $7800 via facebag monsterbook.
I’ve never owned one, but have had the opportunity to go for a ride and drive a Lotus Caterham Seven (this was a late model kit car with a 300 horsepower turbo 4-cylinder modern engine) and it was exhilarating to say the least. No, it was terrifying, as a passenger or as a driver. But that was a kit car, and I prefer my cars to come with some history, some patina, some sweat equity needed, like this 1971 Lotus Seven S4 offered for $10,500 in Southeastern Arizona via craigslist.
When somebody uses the term Mayan Magnum, I instantly picture a tall shirtless man with a thick mustache and a fancy headdress who runs security at a private ziggurat and moonlights on the side as a PI when he is not picking up on some random ladies. But he would need a car. Something not as flashy as a Ferrari 308, but perhaps a curious Corvair powered kit-car with a fiberglass body and gull-wing doors. Yes. Like this. Find this 1962 Mayan Magnum offered for $25,000 in Medford, OR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I know what you are thinking. Another Fiberfab Aztec? Are you DT guys huffing paint again? But…they are so fabulously retro-futuristic that my head just about explodes each time another one comes in the tips email inbox. Maybe I should turn that off. Who am I kidding. I can’t deny that the future was better in the past and neither can you, so just stop. The only question you should ask is — why does this Aztec have a giant Mercedes-Benz emblem on the front? Find this 1981 Fiberfab Aztec 7 offered for $6,800 in San Antonio, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Another day, another gull-wing door equipped fiberglass oddball on the front page of the DailyTurismo…because that is how we roll around here. This isn’t a place to take things to seriously, but I’m serious when I say that I’d never pay the princely sum of money needed to own the actual one-off Marcello Gandini of Gruppo Bertone designed Alfa Romeo Carabo…but I would consider owning a Fiberfab Aztec 7…because it brings some needed style to the oft neglected word “fab.” And fiber is good too. Find this 1977 Fiberfab Aztec 7 offered for $5,900 in Chino Hills, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car comes as a tip from Cory who writes: rare Fiberfab kit car- is that an oxymoron? Is it possible for a kit car to be rare? But the bigger question is…is this a kit car? The seller seems to think it isn’t a kit car and assures us that this is one of two factory built Fiberfab Aztecas with a factory ID tag…but I can’t find any reference to the Azteca on Fiberfabs website…but they do mention a Aztec GT convertible…so I’m not sure what this is…other than being really cool and needing some finishing to get it going. Find this 1966 Fiberfab Azteca offered for $8500 in Reinholds, PA via craigslist.
Sharp eye’d readers of our previous feature might have noticed that the crazy looking Volkswagen Concept Car wasn’t the only piece of oddball fiberglass in the dusty garage…and a quick look at the seller’s other features netted these two beauties; First is this 1970s Corvair powered Tedham Special offered for $6000 CAD ($4485 USD) and this 1970s Corvair Custom thing offered for $5000 CAD ($3738 USD), both in Bradford, Ontario, Canada sold by the Guild of Automotive Restorers. You might think this was a simple case of find the movie pics online…but no, this involved me watching an hour and 15 minutes of a campy 1986 TV show pilot turned made for TV movie called Condor that was supposedly set in Los Angeles in 1999 and features seriously cheesy acting from Ray Wise, an android named Lisa, and a serious setup of odd custom cars…including these two. You can watch the entire “movie” on Amazon prime here…but I don’t recommend it.