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A Collection of Manta Mirage Rear Ends0 Comment

Manta Mirage, One-offs | Fri, 30 Jan 2009 Posted by :

For some reason, not everyone is a fan of the Mirage’s rear end, which is pretty much the opposite of it’s long pointy noise — flatly snubbed off. Personally I love it — it really exaggerates the car’s rocketlike appearance. As a quick reminder:

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But, like I said, not everyone is a fan. For example, this Mirage has a wing molded into the rear, which actually does a nice job maintaining the race car appeal. The corners have been extended back and rounded off a little as well.

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Here’s a Manta Mirage where it seems like the owner would have rather bought a Ferrari, as he’s spent hundreds of hours molding in the lights and rear deck from a Testarossa kit car instead. The problem with this, as I see it, is that the Testarossa is a very distinctive car and many people will recognize this vehicle as an odd Frankenstein’s monster. Nonetheless, a nice job that I’m sure will appeal to many. Just not me.

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This one’s a little more “futuristic” looking — the owner molded in the rear section of a seventies Corvette and mounted lights from a Fiero. The connection between the Vette and the Mirage is a little awkward (you can still see the Mirage’s wing), and I’m not convinced the front and back of the car match aesthetically, but it definitely has a lot of potential.

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I’ve saved the best for last I think. This Mirage has what I’m pretty sure is a Manta Montage rear molded in. It’s a great fit stylistically and really looks like it was designed that way. It does a wonderful job of extending the rear and making it look a little more natural, and gives the car a sleeker and less obviously aggressive look. Of the modified Mirages, this one is my favorite.

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White Sebring Kit Car4 Comment

For Sale, Sebring | Fri, 30 Jan 2009 Posted by :

Scott’s got a nice clean looking Sebring up for sale that needs just a little TLC to get it perfect — it’s a 1979 Sebring with a 1600cc VW pan. The engine needs a bit of work (fuel pump, etc) to get it running, but on the whole it looks good and the electric top works. Scott’s a tall guy (6’3″) and doesn’t quite fit so he’s selling the car, located in Westerville, Ohio. Asking price is $4,400 — write him at ras3549@netscape.net if you’re interested.

Fiberfab Centurion Rarity5 Comment

Centurion, Corvette, eBay, FiberFab | Fri, 30 Jan 2009 Posted by :

I’ve owned a couple Vettes, and I’ve mentioned my affinity for the Mako Shark in the past, but it was a real treat to see this obscure Fiberfab kit up for sale — a Centurion SS on a ’58 Corvette chassis. Perhaps a dozen of these were made, so it’s very rare. Most (or perhaps all but this one) were made without a full windshield and with only a single rear hump. This car sat for thirty years in the garage of the father-in-law of the current seller, and I suspect this is the only time you’ll see this car for sale. You can write to Will at thingpilot@sebastiancorp.net or bid on the eBay auction (#200304513497). The car is located in Foresthill, California.

Gray Invader GT Project0 Comment

Invader GT | Wed, 28 Jan 2009 Posted by :

Frank’s got this solid looking Invader GT that he’s currently working on at his restoration shop in Arizona. I’ll say this regularly, but someone really needs to fabricate and make molds for half-doors for the Invader. There are enough of them out there that I’m sure there’s a market for such a product, and it radically improves the looks of the car.

This car is one in a long series of VW-based vehicles Frank has owned — he’s had about thirty in all. He’s whittled down his collection, and the only other one he has left is a bug sitting on a custom frame with a 500 CI Cadillac engine stuffed into the back seat. Yes, I’ve asked him for some pictures, so hopefully you’ll get to see that here soon.

Thomas’s Laser 917 is still for sale1 Comment

For Sale, Laser 917 | Wed, 28 Jan 2009 Posted by :

Thomas’s Laser 917 (write him at presidentthomasabinford@gmail.com), posted first last year, is built on an IRS VW pan with a Karmen Ghia front end (for the disc brakes). It’s got a transmission, but no engine. The fiberglass is in “pretty good shape for the age”, but it does need a full restoration of both the body, interior, and pan. He’s open to car, bike, or sandrail trades, and for cash is willing to let it go for just $1,500.

Mystery GT40 Kit Car8 Comment

Avenger, FiberFab, For Sale | Wed, 28 Jan 2009 Posted by :

I think this is a modified Fiberfab Avenger [edit: yes, it is], but I’m not 100% sure so any feedback is appreciated. Maybe I’m just tired, haha. Anyway, it’s up for sale in the Hesperia at an asking price of $3,500 — write jjor8cer17@verizon.net if you’re interested.

Aztec 7 Project Car0 Comment

Aztec 7, FiberFab, For Sale | Wed, 28 Jan 2009 Posted by :

Here’s a kit with a ton of potential — this Aztec 7 project car, largely unassembled, is for sale in the Tacoma, Washington area. Mark (marktindol@hotmail.com) is selling it for only $1,000 — a great deal in my opinion — and at that it comes with a licensed VW pan with drop floors installed, as well as the complete body with an intact and undamaged windshield (worth far more than the asking price). The fiberglass needs minor repairs in several areas, but I think this is a very viable project for someone to take over… To my eyes the Aztec 7 is an under appreciated car, and finished they’re very striking.

Here are lots of pictures of the various parts; write Mark if you have any questions or would like to buy it.

Diesel-Electric Trike0 Comment

eBay, Electric, For Sale, Trike | Mon, 26 Jan 2009 Posted by :

There’s an interesting DIY trike project up for sale on eBay right now (just about to end; #190281499267) in Sanford, Florida.

It’s described as 80% complete, and is powered by a 36x12V Sevcon PowerPak mated to an 84 volt D&D Sepex electric motor, with a 10 HP Carroll Motor Company diesel motor for hybrid running — the two engines are connected by a chain drive. It needs a new fuel pump and a linkage between the gas pedal and electric speed regulator, but other than that the driveline is complete. It’s got independent air suspension all around, and has an adjustable ride that sites between two and seven inches off the ground. The builder estimates that the car should get 216mpg, and it’s been tested at 35mph with an estimated top speed of 70mph.

Build diaries are online at www.tshtrikes.com.

Bradley GT II (and a half)0 Comment

Bradley GT II, For Sale | Mon, 26 Jan 2009 Posted by :

Anthony (saintengland@sbcglobal.net) is selling a very nice looking Bradley GT II in Lubbock, TX. He’s owned the 1979 car for five years, and is sad to be selling it but needs the room and the money. He says, “It has been so amazing to own and drive around town. People break their necks on a double take when driving! It steals attention from any Viper or Porsche… This has happened more than once!”

In April 2007 Anthony installed a new 2110cc engine custom built by Strictly Foreign with Dual Webers carbs in April 2007, and less than a thousand miles have been put on the engine since (a $4175 engine by the way). The car comes with the owners/installation manuals, as well as a few boxes of spare parts, and to top it all off, a second Bradley GT II (minus the doors and roof) with a new pan, brake lines, brakes, A/C, and a rebuilt front end… $13,000 in cars for an asking price of $6,000.

The car has Lambo-style wheels (“Ultra”) and is painted in Toyota white. It’s always been garage kept, and it’s been registered and inspected the whole time Anthony has owned it. It jst needs some minor attention (a few of the gauges), but all-in-all this is a steal!

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