( Nice pics for a car of this asking price. )
A friend from the Laser forum sent this one to me, after the shock wore off and the hysterical laughter lifted I have gotten around to posting it.
Seems the overpriced early kits are spreading like a contagion and it actually today is chapping my butt a bit, back to that in a few.
I know this car, it runs or did run a type 4 engine and from the looks of the off camber of the rear wheels a swing rear axle. ( I don’t like swing axles )
I was given the impression years ago from pictures and the owner the paint and interior were so-so,
( note faded red paint in the interior pictures )
I hated the way he hacked off the rear lower valance but he says it looks more like the real 917 now.
Well lets get real, a Laser is to a Porsche 917 what my Valkyrie is to a GT 40, a Cartoon Caricature at best.
These cars are NOT replicas, want a 917 replica go see Fran at Race car Replicas but do not try to pass a Laser off as one.
When I see sellers get all cheesy with out in orbit pricing akin to running Ferrari badges on your Kelmark I realize why too many times people look at kit cars as cheap low end junk and the owners as some bunch of full of BS dolts, who can blame them?
Sadly the fact this is a very sweet looking car ( in the pictures ) gets lost when we see the ridiculous asking price.
I truly hope anyone interested in the Laser which is a most wonderful early kit and one of if not the most radical looking of the VW based kits will take a look around the net, Beautiful show car Lasers are out there and pop up for 3500-8K and basket cases or “projects” can be had from free up to a K or two.
BUT if 35 K sounds like a great deal on this one be sure to jump as it won’t last long.
Elite Enterprises, Laser 917 | Wed, 29 Aug 2012 Posted by : Donnie
Pretty rough looking 917 right here. Auction says it has been sitting under a tree for about 10 years . Has an adapter plate for a V8, no floor pans and will need a serious makeover to make it road ready. Positives is it has a Vin plate and Title.
Would you BIN for $1800?
Elite Enterprises, Laser 917 | Wed, 13 Jun 2012 Posted by : Donnie
The laser 917 kit car is one of those cars that I have always had a fondness for but was never able to convince myself that I loved one enough to own. In the case of the laser 917 I would have to go all out and make it perform like it looks. A vw engine would just not cut it im afraid. A big V8 and I am all in..lol
Anyway I found this laser 917 today while browsing eBay. The sellers writes in his auction that the car has had a ground up restoration including engine, pan, wiring, paint, wheels, tires, lights, seats, etc. The only thing that screams to me that it still needs some attention is the interior. Well what I can see of it. The dash shot does not look like something that was totally redone, at least not a quality job.
So what do you think? Worth the $8000 BIN or just wishful thinking?
Laser 917, Uncategorized | Sun, 25 Mar 2012 Posted by : Donnie
I wanted to take a moment and welcome Paul to the team. Paul aka the13bats can be found on many forums, groups and various other websites. He has helped identify cars, as well as clear up the history on some of the cars here on POHT over the years. He brings a wealth of knowledge when it comes to kit cars and other specialty cars and will be a great asset to this website.
Expect to see some great posts from him in the near future.
Does anyone know if this is the same car that Elite Enterprises produced or are they different molds?
Bradley GT, Kelmark, Laser 917, Marauder, Talon, VW Beetle | Wed, 11 Feb 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
KAZ, who’s been building kit cars since the seventies, scanned a few photos from his archives for us. From start to finish below are a Bradley GT, a Kelmark GT, a Laser 917, a Marauder GT, a 40s-style Willy VW conversion, and a Talon.
He built lots of Bradleys, including three Bradley GT cars for a Bradley dealership that opened in Houston in ’76, who unfortunately went under months later. He also built four Kelmarks — this one below with the great paint job was done by Richard Hildebrandt of Houston. He also bought a Kelmark from the insurance company that had been built by Kelmark themselves and was stolen, then recovered it at the Mexican border where the thieves were apprehended. It was fast, with a 2100 cc dual carb VW engine, and an awesome Blaupunkt stereo.
For Sale, Laser 917 | Wed, 28 Jan 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Thomas’s Laser 917 (write him at email@example.com), posted first last year, is built on an IRS VW pan with a Karmen Ghia front end (for the disc brakes). It’s got a transmission, but no engine. The fiberglass is in “pretty good shape for the age”, but it does need a full restoration of both the body, interior, and pan. He’s open to car, bike, or sandrail trades, and for cash is willing to let it go for just $1,500.
Dunebuggies, Lamborghini Countach, Laser 917 | Sun, 18 Jan 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Lucky bastard Tony sent in this letter and set of photos. I am very, very jealous of his toys! My daughter begged me to get a dunebuggy again (we had one when we lived in Mexico) when she saw his, but I really like his tube chassis Laser 917.
Having been a follower of your web site for a number of years, I thought I would take an opportunity to share with you some of my toys and a little history.
I live Northern California and have been into kit cars and dune buggies for many years and just recently had an opportunity to own/drive my dream car.
I was fortunate to find a rather well built Countach replica for sale at a very reasonable price in a nearby town. The Red Countach in the photos is built on a lengthened late model Fireo chassis with a fully adjustable coil-over shocks and aftermarket tubular front suspension. The engine is a 327 cubic inch Chevy connected to a 4 speed transmission. The pictures of this car do not do it justice, you would not believe the attention this car gets whenever it is out. I cannot think of a single trip out with the car that someone didn’t either want to have their picture taken with it or took a picture from their cell phone camera while I was stopped at a light or stop sign.
The car is horribly unpractical to drive on a regular basis and has blind spots that will drive you nuts. The car is so wide that you have to have a custom built platform from which to do even routine maintenance on the motor. Even cleaning the inside of the front windshield is a major task because the windshield is so raked back. I am not a little person by no means and not as flexible as I was when I was younger so getting in/out of this car is by no means an easy task either. For all the draw backs to this car, I would not have traded the experience of owning one for anything. The feeling you get from driving a car like this more satisfying than any inconvenience.
When I first got the car I told my wife I was going to have to loose some weight so I looked good getting in/out of the car. She pretty quickly reminded me that all I needed to look was married. Although she never drove the car and didn’t really want to, she enjoyed it too, mostly because when I drove it, it put me in a very good mood.
Unfortunately a planned future move forced me to have to sell the car which I did to a person back east. I have heard that the car is again for sale now at more than twice the price, I was asking for it. Hopefully it will find a good home someday. I look forward to owning another one when the time is right.
I will be working my Laser 917 which I have modified with a custom tubular frame, automatic transmission and stroked small block 350 Chevy. Not wanting to have to deal with a gantry, like you would need to work on the space shuttle, I am in the process of converting the car to open cockpit with a tilt back end for easy cockpit and motor access.
For right now my wife and I are just enjoying our street legal dune buggy for around town.
eBay, Laser 917 | Tue, 06 Jan 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
An eBay (#160308413156) seller has just posted this Laser 917 that he’s decided to start the big project of building custom ground effects for it… I guess the project ended up being a little too much for him as it’s now up for sale. I like where he’s going on the front end, but the rear panels (grafted from some import racer bodykit) leave a lot to be desired in my opinion… Luckily no real damage has been done yet so there’s no reason that a buyer needs to stay committed to it.