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 […]
This next car comes as a tip from Hugh who also provides some commentary: This thing just looks like so much fun. Looks like the builder had at least seen a Kurtis roadster. Look at that beam axle. Seems that the seller picked it up at this auction. There are a couple of vacuum cleaner patents listed to a Leo G. Krieger who worked for whirlpool in Benton Harbor, MI. So maybe this was a hobby project for an engineer at Whirlpool? I can’t find anything else about it, and just don’t have the resources to acquire and keep this thing but it looks like fun and I am sure has some sort of interesting story. You could probably get invited to some old car events with this thing on the cheap. Personally, I love the combination of biasply tires and finned drum brakes on something powered by a small block Chevy and sporting Batman seat piping plus tail fins. Win, win, win. Those little exhaust pipes should make the perfect hotrod brap-brap-brap sounds as you do limitless burnouts to impress your neighbors. Find this 1961 Custom Replica bidding for $8,850 in Granger, IN via ebay.
I wonder if someone looked at the Honda S2000 and said “this car is too heavy and too safe…I’m going to fix that.” A few hundred yards of welding rod and a few bent pieces of aluminum later this next beast emerged from the shed. With 240 horsepower from the 9000 rpm screaming Honda VTEC engine and the curb weight of a wicker basket, this thing should fly. Find this 1965 Lotus 7 Replica offered for $9,750 in Dublin, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
If you are going to drive something that looks like a vintage racer, you might as well get something that performs like a vintage racer, which isn’t like the latest turbocharged Caterham offering or one of those three wheeled Slingshot things. Cars from the golden age of the automobile were slow, even race cars, and there is nothing wrong with that at all. Find this 1980 SSR1 Speedster offered for $10,950 in Surprise, AZ via ebay.
Have you ever wanted to build a flat-12 engine by bolting two standard production flat-6s together into one Frankenstein’s monster-12? Yeah…me too! Been on my bucket list for a while, right behind building a street legal Tyrell P34 six wheeler replica…but someone actually got his two subaru EZ30 flat-6s and bolted them together to make […]
I recently had the opportunity to ride in and drive a late model Caterham kit version of the Lotus 7 that was built by an insane friend and equipped with a 350 horsepower turbocharged GM Ecotech 4-cylinder and 6-speed. Getting into the coffin-shaped passenger compartment was tricky, but acceleration was nothing short of psychotic. At […]
This next car comes as a tip from Hugh who writes: What do you call a T-bucket roadster with a Jaguar XK engine and an automatic transmission? A lotus Seven of course! It’s almost as strange as that desert boat pickup thing. Maybe pickups that aren’t pickups week? I dunno…but this next car sure is […]
The typical vintage T-Bucket replica goes like this; off-the-shelf tube axle front end kit, bucket of fiberglass, Ford 9-inch rear end, TH350 slushbox, Chevy 350 small bloc—whoa…who put that Chebby part in my Ford? Thems’ fightin’ words. The only non Ford power I’ll put in a T-Bucket is something from a long-time Ford partner…like Lincoln, […]
The world of GT-40 replicars runs the gambit from atrocity to travesty, but in this next car we might have found a bit of a gem. The FT Bonito was sold as a kit by Fiberfab and sold mostly in Germany and the Netherlands according to various furrin language websites. The FT used a VW […]
If you are going to build a NASCAR replica there are a few key highlights you need to hit. First, you need stickers…lots of ’em. Then you need a big pushrod V8..please no overhead cams or turbocharged V6s…and finally you need to suck fuel through a venturi. I know that NASCAR adapted fuel injection for […]