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St. Catharines, Ontario-based Puma GTI15 Comment

Puma | Sun, 28 May 2006 Posted by :

Larry and Joanne from St. Catharines, Canada (near Niagara Falls) write in to show us their 1981 Puma GTI, running a 1950cc VW 4-cylinder, balanced and blueprinted with twin 44mm Webers. Since the OHVC is no longer around, they were wondering if there are any kitcar events or clubs in this part of Canada (or even across the border near Buffalo and so on) — post in the comment forum if you have any information, or would be interested in starting one up!

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DIY Opel GT Roadster conversion14 Comment

Carlisle 2006, Conventions, One-offs, Opel GT, Roadster Conversion | Sun, 28 May 2006 Posted by :

Those of you who read my personal blog may have seen the Cruzin’ Cooler video I posted while at Carlisle ’06. I thought it only fair to share some pictures of the hard work that Dallas has put into converting his Opel GT into a roadster. He writes,

"My car is a 1970 Opel GT and it was never produced in a roadster. It is all custom done. It is a great car and many people think it is a kit. It is in fact just a one of a kind hand made conversion. I did most of the work myself. It has had the top cut off, over size wheels(16in front and 17in rear), Corvette style side pipes, all custom interior made with marine vinyl incase it gets wet, CD with 6 speakers and amp, an onboard airtank and compressor that pumps up the air shocks. It has many other additions too, but that is the short story about my car."

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Ledl AS kitcar4 Comment

Avante, Ledl AS, Sterling | Sat, 27 May 2006 Posted by :

Apparently based on or inspired by the Avante and Sterling/Nova designs, the Ledl AS out of Austria is yet another one of these ultra-rare kitcars that my friend (and regular site contributor — I think I need to set him up an account so he can post!) Joe Lee from Bulgaria delights in sending me. It was also sold for a brief period in Germany by the Tevog company.

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After 700,000 kilometers of test drives, something like $11 million spent, and 220 cars sold, legal changes made it difficult to continue production and the company folded in 1987. Oh, and if you’re wondering what’s on the hood of the one in the picture, those are solar panels!

Photo courtesy of PEGE.

Hofstetter Cortada4 Comment

Hofstetter Cortada | Sat, 27 May 2006 Posted by :

Joe Lee and I have been talking about various cars like the Siva Saluki and the Charger with angular looks derived from prototypes like the Aston Martin Bulldog and I suppose even the first generation Lotus Esprit. I think we’re both in agreement that the Hofstetter Cortada, produced in Brasil until 1991 (admittedly only about twenty were made), is the nicest looking of the set.

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The VW based vehicle used a 2L engine that could be set up either for regular gasoline, or for ethanol (Brasil is the largest Ethanol producer in the world) bringing it to 210 hp (and a top speed of about 240 kph). Production began in 1980 (or 1985 because until then only the prototype existed), inspired by the Maserati Boomerang. At that time it was known as the Hofsetter Turbo (the name change happened when the company was sold).

Cal-Look VW Beetle Mods0 Comment

For Sale, VW Beetle | Sat, 27 May 2006 Posted by :

Jon thinks that the chopped VW hotrod is a better look, but I like this clean-looking 1974 VW Beetle with flared fenders, square light conversion, new motor, bushing, brakes, axles, tires, lines, new floor, and a $3,800. The asking price is $8,995 and if you’re interested you can contact ed via ewoodruffjr@stny.rr.com or at 607-857-9038. Oh, and if you hear it’s sold before I do, please drop me a line so I can update this entry!

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Yellow Invader GT6 Comment

Carlisle 2006, Conventions, Invader GT | Sat, 27 May 2006 Posted by :

I’ve posted a few Invaders before, but I thought this yellow one (asking price, $1,900, but I don’t think it sold) was pretty sweet looking… It looks terrible from some angles, but from the front it’s a very sexy car, and I’ve seen a few modded ones that are quite attractive from all angles…. It’s sort of a bastard child of a dunebuggy and a curvy seventies exotic I think, with emphasis on the “bastard” part.

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This was actually the first car I saw at the Carlisle show this year!

Lamborghini Diablo kit door internals2 Comment

Carlisle 2006, Conventions, Lamborghini Diablo | Sat, 27 May 2006 Posted by :

I’m really sorry because I can’t remember which company this is from, but I thought some readers might enjoying seeing the complexity involved internally in building a Lamborghini Diablo (oh wait, lawyers… it’s a unique design, not a replica) door assembly with roll-down glass, a little reinforcement, a popper, speakers, latches, and so on.

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Rare Herb Adams VSE Jackrabbit Kit7 Comment

Carlisle 2006, Conventions, Jackrabbit | Sat, 27 May 2006 Posted by :

Because it’s so rare I was quite surprised to see this Jackrabbit, a VW Rabbit based kit that at the time was expected to “reinvigorate” the DIY auto market (but then collapsed), at Carlisle ’06. It was a single donor kit intended to be a quick build, but for a variety of reasons the owner of this one, who won it in a raffle, took about eleven years building it — but I expect has it on the road as I write this.

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Cyan Laser 917 for sale12 Comment

For Sale, Laser 917 | Fri, 26 May 2006 Posted by :

I don’t know much about it’s history, but Ken (who I think is in the Washington DC region, or at least his ISP is) has had this car now for twenty one years (he traded it for his Mercedes), and before that it was in Germany (or so he was told). Anyway, it’s the last of his car collection that he’s selling off — if you’re interested, email him an offer at stages_504@hotmail.com.

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I admit that I’m not personally sold on the color or the addition of the rear wing, but those are easy to change depending on whether you agree with me or not… Other than that, it looks like a very clean A-series (I think) Laser 917.

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