Banshee, Caribee, Corvette, FiberFab | Sat, 28 Feb 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Harley just sent me a few pictures of his beast of a ’66 Fiberfab Caribee/Banshee. He bought the body shell in the early eighties, and then mounted it on a shortened Corvette frame with a ten point cage. He built it up road race style with racing suspension and a 524hp big block Chevy V8. He’s done some major wide-body work as well, but has retained the car’s original lines. He says it’s been in a lot of car shows, and always draws a crowd — “listening to the spectators guess what it is, knowing there is not another like it, makes it worth the ten years it took to build.”
For Sale, Invader GT | Thu, 26 Feb 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Because he’s got the doors — why doesn’t everyone??? — as well as some extra touches like the tilt-column steering wheel and aftermarket a/c, Bennett that’s selling this Invader GT (more pictures and info here) sent in some more pictures showing those aspects. He’s asking only $1,500, which is a great deal for this car. He’s also got the engine running since the ad was first posted, and everything on the car works — taillights, headlights, signals, even the Kenwood stereo. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sportee Monno GT | Thu, 26 Feb 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
The recent Europa-esque mystery car brought mention of Tim who’s desperately seeking a Sportee Monno GT, a limited-edition car loosely inspired by the Lotus Europa. As far as we know, the Monno GT was first made by Silverstar (AKA Glascon) in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, who manufactured a total of six of them as turnkeys, including the prototype, in the mid/late sixties. When Silverstar folded, the molds were bought up by someone who is believed to have marketed the vehicle as a VW-based kit car. The only one that I know of is currently in Portland, Oregon being restored for vintage racing, but I’m sure there are more out there.
If you have one, or have a lead on one, please drop Tim a line at TDiGuardi@conestogawood.com — he is offering a finder’s fee. Here’s a gallery of pictures of the Sportee Monno GT.
Avenger, eBay, FiberFab, For Sale | Tue, 24 Feb 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
I hate to be pessimistic, but I suspect that this is a kit that will never be finished, although someone is going to pick up this Avenger GT shell pretty cheap — it’s up for sale on eBay (#130289303793) in Richfield, UT with no reserve right now. The body is described as covered in cracks and the seller admits it’s going to take a lot of fiberglass work to get it looking good — it’s definitely seen better days. Given how many Avengers and other GT40 kit cars are out there selling for under $2,000 in decent shape, I think there are a lot of better options than this one unfortunately. Perhaps this one would be better off turned into an advertising prop or blown up in a movie than putting in the effort to make it a running car?
For Sale, Invader GT | Tue, 24 Feb 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Bennett is selling — for just $1,500 — one of my favorite iterations of the Invader GT, an early model with the raked back windshield. It’s way sportier and less “buggy” looking than most Invaders, but as I understand it, it does sacrifice a little in the headroom department. This car sits on a 1960 VW pan with a clear Ohio title (the car is in the Columbus area). Tail lights are out of a ’73 Chevy Vega and the wheels are Mickey Thompson Torq-Thruster IIs. It’s also got a GM tilt steering wheel to make getting in and out easier, as well as Stewart Warner gauges, and a rare aftermarket A/C unit mounted behind the seats — something you definitely don’t see very often in a kit car.
The body is in very good condition and the pan is solid. He has one complete door for the passenger side, and a partial door (missing the plexiglass) for the driver side — that is, this car has the doors that I so regularly pine for! He’s missing the passenger side headlight cover. The engine turns over but does not currently run — it was last registered in 2001 and has sat covered since then.
Drop Bennett a line at email@example.com. This is a nice model of Invader that you rarely see up for sale, and his price is more than fair… If I was in the Ohio area, I’d buy this one!
Invader GT | Tue, 24 Feb 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Matching the colour of the ’74 below, this Invader project was stretched by about 8″ to accepted a turbo Subaru driveline (and 17″ wheels as you can see). The owner is currently working on finishing the interior, and as you can see, he’s also fabricated half doors using hand-bent tinted lexan.
Invader GT | Tue, 24 Feb 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
This photo from way back in 1974 shows what great lines the Invader had from some angles. I think that’s a reality of a lot of kit cars and other vehicles designed by “amateurs” — great from one side, awkward from another.
Mystery Cars | Tue, 24 Feb 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Sorry for my absence this past week. I will return, don’t worry. But in the meantime, Tim found this mystery kit and sends it in hoping someone can help identify it… Sort of a Porsche 904 meets Lotus Europa. I think I saw one of these ages ago here in Ontario as well with a mid-engine V8, but I have no idea what it is. Anyone know?
Bradley GT, Kelmark, Laser 917, Marauder, Talon, VW Beetle | Wed, 11 Feb 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
KAZ, who’s been building kit cars since the seventies, scanned a few photos from his archives for us. From start to finish below are a Bradley GT, a Kelmark GT, a Laser 917, a Marauder GT, a 40s-style Willy VW conversion, and a Talon.
He built lots of Bradleys, including three Bradley GT cars for a Bradley dealership that opened in Houston in ’76, who unfortunately went under months later. He also built four Kelmarks — this one below with the great paint job was done by Richard Hildebrandt of Houston. He also bought a Kelmark from the insurance company that had been built by Kelmark themselves and was stolen, then recovered it at the Mexican border where the thieves were apprehended. It was fast, with a 2100 cc dual carb VW engine, and an awesome Blaupunkt stereo.