Consulier GTP | Fri, 13 Jun 2008 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
I’m not sure if this Consulier GTP, photographed at Carlisle ’99, is right for this blog, as it’s sort of half way between kit car and limited production run vehicle (around fifty were made I think), but it’s a fiberglass car on a chassis cobbled together with bits from various vehicles — including a 2.2L four cylinder engine from a K-car. I remember their “$25,000 challenge” (later upped to $100,000) advertisements in the backs of all the kit car magazines of the time, in which Warren Mosler, head of the company, promised to pay the cash to anyone who could post a better lap time in a production car than what the GTP could do. The car’s performance was good, with a 5.2 second 0-60 time and a top speed approaching 150mph, but in the end, a stock ’91 Corvette was able to post a better time (which was disputed by GTP, as it had previously dominated top performers like the Ruf Porsche).
Ultimately the Consulier GTP, which Mosler described as “designed by the stopwatch” to excuse it’s award-winning ugliness (Time called it one of the “50 worst cars of all time”, on looks alone), was phased out — in part due to bad press — and Mosler now makes the also high performance but quite a bit more beautiful MT900 series, although GTP owners claim that it’s still the best performing vehicle in the Mosler/Consulier family.