Today is a special day in the history of the “Kit Car”. Eighty-four years ago, on this day (04-12-2014) Merrill Powell came into this world and in 1953 he along with Doc Boyce-Smith started Victress Manufacturing ; one of the earliest component car companies. Victress only lasted 8 short years but out of its shops came many highly collectible car designs. Many of their designers went on to design many of the other cars that began our industry. While crude by today’s standards, Many Victress cars were completed and now are restored, touring councours all over the world along-side the great cars of the day.
Merrill Powell is one of the special guests at this year’s edition of The Carlisle Kit Car/Import Festival. (http://bit.ly/1qpozm6) He will be there as should some of his legendary cars. I hope Carlisle was already on your to do list this year, if it now start booking your hotel now. Our hobby owes thanks to these pioneers and there will not be many years left to thank them in person. If you cannot make Carlisle this year don’t fret much, I am scheduled to sit down with Mr. Powell to see what stories I can extract. They should be great and I look forward to passing them along.
Various Victress over the years.
picture from www.americansportscars.com
Uncategorized | Mon, 07 Apr 2014 Posted by : John
So part of my day job causes me to travel some. This weekend I needed to go to the Charlotte AutoFair to do some research for a possible 2015 event here at work. While there I figured let’s see what else I could find. I knew there would be nice Vintage auto, this being an AACA event. There of course were hundreds of Mustang and Ford venders, great for you Factory Five guys. GM had a great presence. There were a surprising number of VW vendors however. pans , motors, transmissions, cars, titles. Then among the rows and rows of cars (The pedometer recorded 16 miles on Friday) were a nice selection of kit cars. A few Dune Buggies, Superlite Cars was there with a massive display of SL-Cs, a few Cobra guys, and an interesting Sebring 3000. The Sebring had more gauges under the hood than the last cockpit is was in. They Must do Something, but the price wasn’t bad, provided it didn’t need a complete rebuild. I am posting this here jst to remind Priceofhistoys readers that our kits can be found everywhere, and when looking in the unexpected cases (ie AACA swap meets) a few good deals might be had.
Dune Buggie 1 (manufacture unknown)
Dune Buggie 2 (manufacture unknown)
Dune Buggies, Dunebuggies, Manx SR | Sun, 30 Mar 2014 Posted by : John
A surprising thing happened, a VW based kit car made the new and much touted National Register of Historic Vehicles. The National Register of Historic Vehicles is a newly formed organization that honors a vehicle for being important in 4 categories: association with historic American events, association with historic American figures, importance in design or construction value, finally important informational value. The first car to receive this honor was The Simeone Museum’s Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, a few weeks later the remaining 2014 inductees were named and Bruce Meyers and his original Mono-coque Manx was the second car named following the Daytona Coupe. This award is sponsored by the Historic Vehicle Association and the US Department of the Interior. The official story can be found here. https://www.historicvehicle.org/News/Articles/All-Articles/2014/03/13/5-Things-Every-Manx-Owner-Should-Know
(Manxs and Manx inspired Dune Buggies at Carlisle 2012)
Uncategorized | Sun, 09 Mar 2014 Posted by : Donnie
I see people asking where they can get one of these so I figured I would share the info . They are produced in Mexico and here is a rundown of what it costs. All prices are in US Dollars.
Complete body and interior kit including body, hood, trunk, windshield, seats, dashboard, cluster, steering wheel, headlights, rear lamps. $9900
Tire and Rims: $3000
New Fuel Injected 1600cc VW Engine: $3200
New VW Bug Chassis:$3000
New brakes and suspension: $2500
Turnkey: $20,000 plus shipping
You can contact Alfredo at +521-333-1000-444 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to let him know you got his info from Price Of His Toys
Ok I admit it. This car is pretty damn sweet. You can tell a lot of time and money has gone into building this. I would challenge anyone to find a nicer one on this website, or anywhere on the internet. BUT the seller is asking a cool $35,000 for the car. I dont know ladies and gentleman but it seems a tad bit on the high side. Here is what the listing says about the car …
1974 VW Suspension
4 Wheel Disc Brakes
Late-model Corvette Taillights
Pneumatic Tilt Top with Remote Control
Heating and Air Conditioning
House of Kolor – Candy Apple Red Paint
I have just finished building this kit car. I have owned it for many years and I finally got it done. It has a mid 90′s Turbo Subaru mounted to a 091 vw transaxle. The radiator is mounted up front with two electric fans. It has a 15 gallon gas tank. I used a rear heating\air conditioning unit from a chevy van. The paint is a House of Kolor Candy Apple Red with a silver base. I did all the work myself and know the car inside and out. It is sold as is.
Want it. Send him a message http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/cto/4355201540.html
Elite Enterprises | Tue, 04 Mar 2014 Posted by : Donnie
Can you believe it? A Rare Lazer 917 on Craigslist. For the low Low price of $5000 you can own this one. I guess the upside is it has something other then a VW engine in it. The downside is everything else. But hey Its worth that to someone I am sure.
Well apparently the answer is 14 . Check out this Craigslist listing out of Oregon. http://eugene.craigslist.org/cto/4339151594.html . The sellers has them starting at $1500 . If you are on the west coast and in the market for a sterling today may be your lucky day. Sometimes I wish I lived on the West Coast. Seems the best deals are always out there.
Let us know if you pick up one or more of these gems.
Uncategorized | Wed, 26 Feb 2014 Posted by : Donnie
Be sure to check out our eBay store at http://stores.ebay.com/kitcarguy . I am going through my collection and weeding out things I no longer need to make room for stuff I want. I have reproduction fiberfab emblems, bradley emblems, kit car magazines and more. Anything you purchase also helps keep the website up and running. If you see anything you like purchase it. If you are looking for something send me a message and I will see if I have it.
Uncategorized | Sun, 23 Feb 2014 Posted by : Donnie
So you ever browse listings to find things that you just cant help but wonder what the seller is thinking? I was doing just that today and came up with a list of some of my favorites. Sorry if any of you sellers read this website, but these are all worth taking the time to call you out on .
Fiberfab Banshee Body http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/cto/4336266460.html
This seller seems to think his/her banshee body and nose is worth $4500 . They are so convinced they did not even upload a photo and have made the price FIRM! “RARE” kit car tax at its finest. back in 2008 we posted one that was going for $1000 OBO.
Fiberfab Valkyrie http://springfield.craigslist.org/cto/4303989423.html
Upside is it does have a chevy 327, downside is …well everything else. Ok I get it. its a good starting point. But thats about all. At $5750 I can think of several other cars I would rather own.
Fiberfab Avenger http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/4340068383.html
If the 327 above does not tickle your fancy maybe you have $7850 laying around and you would like Vtec power instead. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done on this one, and just a quick read through and its apparent this seller thinks he will get back out what he put into it. Good luck with that one.
Let us know if you have seen any cars out there that have really inflated prices. We would love to post them.