There are only a handful of cars out there that’ll make a Porsche 356 look “large” in a photo, but a Manta Mirage is one of them. Never heard of it? Yeah, you are certainly in the majority of people, but don’t fret, because here at DT we are obsessed with everything Manta and will post each one that we find. Why? Because they are all questionably built kit cars with styling based on a McLaren race car and are almost all powered by big V8s and hit the scales around 1900 lbs. The Mirage is as close as you’ll come to racing a 70s Can-Am car for the street, do I need to say any more? Find this 1970ish Manta Mirage offered for $21,000 in Morgan Hill, CA via craigslist.
I’m no expert on selling cars…but I do know a thing or two, and one of them is that you should never stage your car to look like you’ve just dug it out from a grave. If you did unearth this thing in your yard, maybe consider pushing/pulling it a few feet into fresh dirt before taking pictures with your dirty thumbnail obscuring the ancient license plate…oh, wait, there is an old bench seat sitting next to a tarp that’ll do. Find this 1930’s Ford Kit Car based on a 1959 Thunderbird offered for $5500 in Covina, CA via craigslist.
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.
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.
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!
With all of the hubbub, clamor, and uproar about fake news and fact checking these days, you’d think that eBay Motors would have a dedicated fact checking team of experts checking facts and censoring bad actors in the automotive world. But here we’ve got a car listed as a Lamborghini Countach that should be as fact checked as a Trump tweet that came via Hunter Biden’s laptop connected through Hillary’s personal wifi server. This thing should come with a “some or all of the content shared in this listing is disputed and might be misleading.”…but…despite the warning…I love it. It has a Chevy V8 and a scissor doors and some hideous wheels — a great combo. Find this 1975 Lamborghini Countach Pontiac Fiero custom kit offered for $14,900 in Sarasota, FL via eBay.
Staring out the window in a state of stupefied quarantine paralysis (yes, that is a scientific medical thing, doctordel can back me up) and I said to myself; Self, we are featuring too many custom kit cars on DT. But I looked at the recent DT postings and noticed that I hadn’t posted a kit car in over two weeks and I thought to myself; Self, we aren’t posting enough custom kit cars on DT. So, I’m over here having teenage girl mood swings like I’m the main character in the next Twilight saga book and suddenly the little YOU’VE GOT MAIL ICON pops up on my AOL inbox and it was a 917 laser with a water cooled GM V6 mounted out back. Yes. This will do nicely. Find this 1974 Volkswagen Kit Car offered for $8,500 in Schenectady, NY via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
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!