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.”
Banshee, Caribee, FiberFab | Sat, 07 Feb 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Paul’s friend Robert picked up this super-rare Banshee (aka Caribee) and is looking to get in touch with other others and fans. He’s currently restoring this wonderful and under appreciated gullwing exotic, so hopefully I’ll post more on the project as it progresses.
The Fiberfab Banshee (later renamed the Fiberfab Caribee after Fiberfab sold the Banshee name to GM in 1966) is one of their earliest and most beautiful cars, with long sleek lines highly reminiscent of the Daytona Cobra, with a more steeply raked windshield (out of a Corvette of the time) making it only 46″ high (and that’s with 6″ of ground clearance). Entry to the “spacious” cabin was through a pair of slightly small gullwing doors, and the car was first designed to fit an MGA, Austin Healy 6, or a Triumph TR-3 (and the TR-4 with slight modifications).
Michael bought a Caribee/Banshee that some numskull had mounted to a jacked up truck chassis (the fourth picture is as he bought it). He promptly removed it, with the intent of mounting it on a Corvette, but hasn’t got around to it and decided to put this rare body — only a dozen were made — up on eBay (#160261291277). Where he’s asking only $1,000 or best offer. Personally I think it’s worth this in a heartbeat, even for just the body — it’s a stunning vehicle when complete as you can see from the factory demo model photos and the pictures from Michael Luongo’s example. He’s located in Warren, MI — hurry and make your offer, because there are only six days left on the auction as I post this.