The Beagle Has Landed: 1973 Porsche 914 Eagle GT Kit

Ebay and craigslist are littered with kit cars that are designed to look like some priceless classic, but every once in a while you find a gem that almost transcends the dismissive “kit” designation.  Almost.  Find this 1973 Porsche 914 Eagle GT Kit here on eBay bidding for $14,100 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Aurora, IL.

The selling point of the kit car has always been the same — you want exotic looks & exotic performance, but without the exotic price tag.  So, you take a cheap used whatever, slap on a swoopy fiberglass body and presto…driving nirvana.  Except that vehicle engineering is far more complicated than you or I might want to admit, and those fancy super cars have super prices because everything has been engineered to a super standard.  Some might even say…hyper.  However, today’s beast has been through a few transformations, but it started out as a simple Porsche 914.

Sometime during the 1980s, a previous owner removed the Porsche body panels and fitted it with panels from something called an Eagle GT.that was designed/manufactured by Barry Goldstein in San Jose, CA.  It was also given a Chevy V8 from Renegade Hybrids and it roamed the world confusing folks through 2007, when the current owner picked it up.  Since then it has been re-engineered, the water cooled V8 dumped for an aircooled flat-6 from a 1985 Carrera 3.2 mated to a type 915 transmission with LSD.  If the suspension is setup correctly, it should be a hoot to drive.

The interior is a form follows function setup with an 80s look to the upholstery…but with the right resources it wouldn’t be too hard to spruce up a bit. 

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