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.
Warp 8 | Thu, 30 Apr 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Having made the very wise or very foolish (depending on your point of view) decision to keep and restore rather than sell his ultra-rare Warp 8, Andrew has been working on building a new frame for it. The internal framework will be laminated into the body work. You can also follow the restoration project in Complete Kit Car magazine.
Warp 8 | Sun, 04 Jan 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Mark, who’s selling the amazing Warp 8 in the previous entry (one of two that exist), sent me this magazine feature (from “Custom Car”) on it. I’m posting it here to help keep the memory of this creation alive forever. The full article continues after the break.
Doing a doodle of the juciest
GT car your autoerotic imagination
can produce is one thing, but
actually taking that drawing and
converting it into solid, delicious
fact in eighteen months of
spare-time working inside two lock-up
garages deserves some kind
of medal. Tale another look,
read our story and you’ll have to
admit that suburban E12 is host
to a Welshman who’s just bursting with talent…
After a brace of MGBs, a Piper, a Hustler buggy and a Mustang, Owen Williams wanted to build something different, something personal and flash, but practical. He’d built the Piper — ‘Crafty, that; we never found out it was a kit until after we’d signed for it’ — as well as the buggy, and with his flair for design (he teaches art) and lots of sweat, he thought he could make his dream work. Oh, he’d also got Michelle to help, too. When you want to build your very own GT and you’ve got a wife who lectures in art and wields a mean wrench it can be kinda helpful.
eBay, For Sale, Warp 8 | Thu, 01 Jan 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
The amazing Warp 8 that I posted ages ago is back on eBay (#130277374011) in Blackwood, Caerphilly, UK. If I was in the UK I’d snatch this ultra-rare oddity up in a heartbeat. It’s such a special car! Please, someone restore this beauty!
eBay, For Sale, Warp 8 | Wed, 09 Jul 2008 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Seeing this for sale on eBay (#130237384582) in Blackwood, Caerphilly, UK, was really one of those “WOW” moments, as this is one of those cars you’ll see for sale once in a lifetime — I hope whoever buys this car (it’s only at £100 right now, with four days to go) appreciates and restores it. It’s a Warp 8, one of only two believed to have been built. It’s on a VW Beetle chassis (with a Beetle or 356 engine), and the glass is missing but it’s just flat glass so it’s an easy thing to source. If it looks familiar to you, it’s based on the striking Lancia Stratos Zero prototype, but like most kit interpretations, it has a dunebuggy air about it.
If a reader of this blog buys this, please keep me updated!