My advice for selecting a mid-engine kit car to buy is the same advice I give for people considering a mohawk for their hairstyle. Always go bigger, flashier, spikier, and bluer. And never go half way in, with some kind of stupid fauxhawk, you need to commit to the full experience and rock that Chevy V8 powered Manta symbol of your inner 6 year old and make it loud and proud. Find this 1983 Manta Montage offered for $14,500 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The new C8 generation Chevrolet Corvette is considered by mainstream automotive news outlets as the first American sports car to go mid-engine (sorry, the Fiero doesn’t count), but if you ask me…it was the Corvair. I know that the Corvair was rear-engine when it left the factory, but the number converted to mid-engine is enough to probably qualify it as a factory offering. Today’s example is cheap and ready for a new owner. Find this 1965 Chevrolet Corvair V8 offered for $7000 near Reno, NV via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Chevrolet Corvair was a world changing car when introduced in 1960. Its combination of subtle styling, aircooled alloy flat-6 out back and unibody construction was a fantastic machine that was the unfortunate recipient of the attention of a savvy young lawyer/politician named Ralph Nader who needed to make a name for himself. But if […]
What would a day be like without a crazy V8 Corversion on Daily Turismo — NOT A NORMAL DAY THAT IS FOR SURE. WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING? I DON’T KNOW, IT JUST SEEMS LIKE THIS SHOULD BE IN ALL CAPS…BUT FOR SOME REASON THE CRAIGSLIST AD ISN’T IN ALL CAPS, SO I FELT I SHOULD RUN […]
This next car comes from Rock On who writes: For all those readers that say “ I am holding out for a 1988” or “I would buy it if it was a 1988”! Yeah, that’s right..and with all this nonsense about the 2020 Vette going mid-engine, my reply is GM already did a Mid-Engine Vette…and it […]
Many engine and body swapped Fiero’s have graced the pages of DT. What is it about the Fiero that gives off the Rodney Dangerfield no respect persona? For starters, the highest level 2.8 60 HO V6 was fine in the 1980’s, but hardly cuts the mustard by 2018 standards. The final year 1988 cars are […]
The term “oh pooh” handle is welcome addition to the passenger side a-pillar to many modern vehicles — typically SUV’s and the sort that might induce pants staining excitement near the edge of a cliff…but I’ve never seen a full BMX bike style handlebar setup for the passenger until this mid-engine Corvair hit our tips […]
The AW11 Toyota MR2 offers a fantastic combination of mid-engine handling, manual gearbox, and Japanese wedge 80s wedge styling to make it a car that is much cooler than you’d expect given the performance numbers and asking price. Find this 1985 Toyota MR2 here on eBay bidding for $1481 reserve-not-met with $4000 buy-it-now located in Walnut, CA […]
Legend has it that GM copied (or hired) Lotus for the suspension re-design of the last year of Fiero production, but the truth is a smidge less exciting. However, knowledgeable sources claim that the new suspension design for 1988 was something the gearheads at Pontiac wanted all along before they were strong-armed by weakknee’d bean […]
America. The United States. These United States. Land of the free. Home of the brave. I don’t know what else to say, except that no other country in the world would inspire someone to build a mid engine V8 powered ’54 Hudson, much less permit him to drive it on public roads. Try that in […]