Invader GT | Mon, 15 Jun 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
I just got this nice letter and photo set, which I’m reproducing here verbatim –
Enjoyed your blog very much. Every once in awhile I’ll google Invader GT and see what pops up. Usually not much, but this time your blog came up. So if I may bore you…
In 1974 I ordered a Invader GT kit. The body design was the full rake (which I felt looked better than the later design change that took the rake out of the windshield.) Back then it cost me $400.00 for shipping from California to Illinois and I the kit cost somewhere around $900.00. Picked up a used running 1969 VW for $600.00 and sold the body for $400.00. The whole project came to about $3000.00. Finished the project in 1976, my wife to be bought herself a new 1977 Firebird 350 cu.in. with T-top for $7000.00, hmmm maybe something doesn’t add up here, oh well too late, water under the bridge.
Should -a, could-a, would-a. The doors, Should-a pitched the clear top sections and molded in the bottom sections. You roasted your butt off driving around with full doors on in the summer time. And the car just didn’t look right with the doors off. You had the option to cut and drop the pan area where the seats went so you could have a little more head room. I chose not to go that route (should-a). Never put wipers or defroster system into the kit because even then I knew it was a fair weather car.
Finished the car out with a rebuilt VW engine, American Slots, rocker panels were 18 gauge steel, tail lights came from the GMC truck department, side market lights where from a 1974 New Yorker, fender mirrors from some custom catalog as to the gas filler lid. Key type hood pins from J.C Whitney. For the doors and to hold them shut I used on the inside spring loaded hood latches you found on CJ jeeps back then. Paint was candy apple red with a silver metallic base coat from the “House of Colors”. I don’t think I put over a 1000 miles on the car before I sold to some guy from Strawberry Point Iowa.
If I had it to do over again, I would of bought a dune buggy body for half the cost and time and spent more time with the wind in my face and enjoying the country side. There was also at the time another kit offered which I almost went with I think was called “Vandura”? You cut off the vw body just behind the doors and added on the kit that made it into a panel truck. You could keep the vw front fenders and hood section or replace it with a fiberglass section that made it look like a 1940 Ford. I almost bit on that one. Don’t get me wrong, I think the kit was a nice design for the time and sure cost a lot less than a Sterling. It was just a time in my life and thought thats what I wanted, maybe it was Corvette envy I don’t know. I couldn’t afford one of those so I went for what I could. Today if I was into the do it yourself car thing, I’d go with a bare bones “Rat Rod”. See ones taste does change with age. Again, great blog
One-offs | Wed, 10 Jun 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
I just noticed an interesting vehicle posted over at Kit Car magazine called the “Pegasus”. Details are scarce, but it seems to be a one off vehicle built by Fantasy Cars on a ’78 Chevrolet C1500 truck, presumably for a movie. It’s a
horrendously ugly neat start, but to me it feels “unfinished”.
eBay, March Hare | Sat, 06 Jun 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Before I get to posting some pictures from the Carlisle show (which I’ll do in the next day or two), let me just continue on this March Hare kick. Kevin sent me a tip that some old March Hare literature — an early ad, and a dealer letter for a later model — are on eBay right now. You’ll note that the original has yet another window design, and that the letters (dated 1981), seem to be for an entirely different design of the kit. I suspect the second version (which from that one small picture is far less appealing to me) sold even fewer bodies than the first. Still, I’m a sucker for wedge shaped cars.
March Hare | Sat, 06 Jun 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Who’d have thought that I’d be posted another one of these ultra rare kits so soon? After posting the shots of Bruce’s car, I received the following email and pictures:
Hi! I’m Dodger, from Virginia. I’ve owned this car since the early ’90s and was never able to identify the kit; that is, until this morning, when I stumbled upon this “Price of His Toys” site. I now know that it’s a “March Hare” designed by Jim Edwards and John Marshall, head of Brigham Young University design school. Other than this one that I own, the only others that I’ve ever seen are the three previously posted on this site. Apparently this is a pretty rare kit. It needs restoration and I would love to find more information about this car.
As you can see, there are some build differences between Bruce and Dodger’s cars — the door and window treatments most obviously but also minor touches like the fender flares and scoops and trim.
March Hare | Sat, 06 Jun 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
I posted a teaser image of Bruce’s award winning March Hare kit, and I wanted to follow that up with a few more shots of his beautiful example of this rare classic that pre-dates more successful vehicles in the same class like the Manx SR.
GP Talon | Fri, 05 Jun 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
I got the following letter from a reader in Iceland:
I like to ask if you can help me out. I have 356 speedster replica and for few days ther was a guy how called me and aske if I had intrest on his kit car and he told me this are some kid of lotus. can you tell me if this are lotus or what?
It doesn’t look to me like a Lotus… More like a Clan Crusader but the doors aren’t right. Anyone recognize it?
Update/solved: This is a GP Talon, a British kit car that debuted in 1980 on a VW chassis. Thanks Grzegorz!
Brubaker Box, Video | Fri, 05 Jun 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Check out this Brubaker box, sent in by Aeromecca@aol.com, who’s got 1779cc with weber progressive 2bbl in it — listen to the engine in the video below. The paint looks faded below because he’s currently redoing the paint job. Definitely one of my favorite VW-based kits, and one of the more innovative designs out there.
For Sale, March Hare | Fri, 05 Jun 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Oh, it’s not mythical after all!
And it’s for sale… but I’ll get to that in a future entry with some more photos. This was built by Bruce Kirk in St. Louis, MO in 1988 with his teenage son. It’s one of only seven believed to have been molded by Jim Edwards. It’s had numerous adventures, including being driven down to a car show in Indianapolis where they got to drive it around the 500 race track for fun. It’s currently sitting in his garage waiting for a little attention, or a buyer. Anyway, it’s great to see such a rare car finished.
The picture is nice and big — click to zoom in.