Mystery Cars, Seethra | Sat, 11 Jul 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Casper in Denmark recently picked up this Seethra kit car body in Sweden, where it was made in the eighties. As far as he knows about 200 were built, but he hasn’t been able to track down much info on them and was hoping some readers here might know more that would be of assistance in his completing this project — post in the comments if you do. This car, which sort of looks to me like the bastard child of an F40 and a Countach, was available both on a custom tube chassis and a VW pan — my advice to Casper was to choose the easy route and mount it on a VW.
Warp 8 | Sat, 11 Jul 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
I’m happy to be able to post another update on Mark’s restoration of his incredibly rare Warp 8 (be sure to read this article to see what it’ll look like when he’s all done). He writes,
Here’s some more pictures of the Warp. I’m really pleased at how well it’s coming together. As you can see the body is now completely attached to the chassis and the framework is in place ready for the dash to be fitted to, when we’ve decided exactly what we want it to look like. The floors are all in place as are the front and rear bulkheads and for the first time we have been able to try some tidy seats in it, but have real height problems. I think the car was designed more for looks than practicality, so we will have to sort out some one-off seats, but we still have a lot more to do before we need to worry about that. I feel a lot happier about it now it’s starting to look more like a car again. The next job is the doors and I’m not looking forward to that. I’ve worked out how to go about it and it’s not going to be easy. I’ll be in touch soon.
He’s really putting an amazing amount of work into this project to make it a solid “real” car! It’s a real thrill getting to see this car getting the attention it deserves.
Osage | Sat, 11 Jul 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
My friend Sergey in Russia has an original 1979 brochure from Fuhr Motors in Lake Grove, New York, containing this profile photo of their wedge-shaped Osage kit car, designed for what looks like a full-length VW chassis. I must admit I never thought I’d see this incredibly rare car (the previous photo I posted leaves a lot to be desired), so I was quite thrilled when Sergey wrote me! Click to zoom in of course.
Aztec 7, FiberFab, One-offs | Sat, 11 Jul 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Reading one of my favourite car blogs today, I saw this entry which managed to distract me from UFC100 — a post on Hemmings that linked to these pictures of the five thousand pound steam turbine “Barber-Nichols Steamin’ Demon” (currently for sale for a half million), an Aztec 7 kit car converted to break the steam-power land speed record, which it did at 145.607 mph on August 19, 1985 at Bonneville. Definitely NOT what Fiberfab expected when they originally designed this traditionally VW-based kit car! The previous record, set in a Stanley Steamer, had long held the record at 127.656 mph, set in 1906. A British team is currently working on a car to shatter this record, but this has got to be one of the longest-standing records held by a kit car.
Update: Click here for a little more info from the Fiberfab.org website!