Rick has this great Aquila kit car for sale. Because he has already done the hard work I am just going to post his listing from another website. Guys this is a great kit. Very few of them made, and they look great when done. He is willing to wheel and deal, but will not accept a low ball offer just to see it go. So dont waist your time or his.
Up for grabs is my 1980 Aquila kit. Somewhat rare – talked with the son of the owner of the company, American Fibercraft, who personally built every single car with his father. There were a total of 50 kits built. The kit is in “barn find” mode; it was ordered from the factory in primer but basically assembled already. The wiring needs to be added and a couple odds and ends sorted, but otherwise very complete.
It is missing one side window – flat glass – and the other can be used as a template (or I can provide a CAD file). From what I understand the back story to the car was it changed hands a number of times but each owner never did anything with it. The fuel tank has never seen a drop – it’s pristine inside!
There is no engine, but I have a Corvair 110 that runs well (and has the Otto valve and oil pan covers and a set of ultra-rare headers) that can go with it for the right price. If you purchase with the Corvair engine, I have a zero mile reversed transaxle to go with it.. again, the price needs to be right. The car sits on a 1970 Beetle chassis that has already been altered by the factory to accept the installed lowered fiberglass floorpans – the body is a monocoque!
Included with the car will be a wiring diagram for the steering column (Toyota), a spare column with steering wheel, a set of fiberglass bucket seats that specifically fit this car and a wood dash that was fastened when I bought it. My plans were to re-do the dashboard since I didn’t like the placement of the gauges, so it’s loose, but included. The drivers door latch will need to be addressed as it’s been pulled to figure out a remote entry system. I have all the parts for that as well. I have a complete 18 circuit wiring harness that can be included as well for additional cost. This would be a great father/son project and has the potential to be on the road in a very short amount of time. I’m simply out of time to work on it and it needs to clear space in my garage. The title is a clear CA title that is still in the previous owners name. Car will roll and steer – brakes are gone from sitting. Overall value with the engine, transaxle and the car is over $5500 – and worth much more once finished.
Outright sale or maybe interesting trades considered (specifically, a Honda Goldwing, late ’90’s or later). Buyer to provide their own shipping; will help load as best as possible.
Best reasonable offer considered for entire package.
Contact him via his samba listing at http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1323552
This is pretty sweet. Ian in Quebec City just sent in these photos of his heavily modified Aquila and I think its great. His email states that it is on a 1976 chassis and has a Chrysler 2.2 engine with a KEP adapter plate.
He says it has been on the road since 2010, has 3000 hours into it, and a our of pocket cost of $42k (OUCH!)
What do you guys think?
Thanks to “Letterman7″ over on the samba for letting us know about it. Well this is one of my favorite kit cars ever. One that sadly I have never owned. The Aquila was built by American Fibre Craft in the 1980s. The car is said to be losely based on the BMW M1 also of the same period. This is a pretty rare bird. While production numbers are not completely know, I have heard 50-100 and also seen data plates to back up those numbers.
On eBay right now are the production molds. There is just 1 photo of them so it is really hard to tell what the overall shape of then are. Also there is really no info on the listing , and the seller has a -1 feedback rating for some reason. Not sure what that is all about. Now the kicker is the price tag. Has it listed at a $10,000 BIN Price. Frankly I do not see that, nor do I see half that, but who knows. The cars have come up from time to time in the $1500-$3000 price range for projects. But once again, who knows?
Anyway auction number is 221166789965
Ok so this is one of those cars that you really love or you really hate. I really love them. I have had a few chances over the years to purchase one, but lack of space has always got in the way. This one is a great starting point and looks really solid. I know the owner of this car from various other websites and I am sure he hates to see it go. If you want something that not many people out there own there is your chance.
Just like a lot of kit cars out there, production numbers are all over the place. Some people will tell you 25 were made others will tell you 150. Whatever the number may be they are really cool. So if someone would like to “donate” one to Price of his Toys as a build project we would love it
Welcome to Aquila, an exotic limited production sports car, incorporating engineering and finishing details seldom found in kit cars.
Dennis from Texas sent us a few photos of his Aquila kit car he has for sale. From the photos it appears complete but as with most old vw kit cars it is a little rough around the edges. I checked his samba listing and it looks like he is asking $2400. Its a great car for that price if you ask me. Take a look and judge for yourself