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Smyth Performance VW Jetta Based Kit Cars1 Comment

Smyth Performance | Fri, 18 Oct 2013 Posted by :

People who know me are aware that I am one who likes to think outside of the box with kit cars. Sure I love vintage kit cars but I believe that if the industry is to survive it will need to attract a younger, less experienced, and lower income crowd. As kit cars in the day where advertised as “build in your garage with hand tools” and an inexpensive way to take your VW bug or Pontiac Fiero and turn it into a car you have always wanted, or one that has never been seen.

It seems that somewhere along the line the kit car became something else. It was no longer about “Hey look at this car I built” and more about “Look at the $50k I spent to make my Fiero look like a Lambo” The spirit of it seems to have been lost. Fly by night manufactures flood the market with half ass quality kits, little information on how to install them, and before you know it they disappear because one of the automakers sent them a C&D. So it is a treat when a  company like Smyth Performance comes along.

For those of you who are not into much of the history of kit cars let me start by saying the team at Smyth Performance is no stranger to the kit car. Mark Smith is the guy who founded what is now Factory Five Racing and although Smyth Performance has no affiliation with FFR they still know their stuff. Mark is also involved in Local Motors inc. This company knows their stuff

Enter their 2 VW Jetta based kit cars….

Smyth GF3
The Gf3 is a Mid engine kit car that utilizes the 2000-2004 VW Jetta/Golf 4 door. It retains the chassis and uses a Smyth Performance designed engine cradle to relocate the factory engine to the back of the car. The kit is $9900 and includes the following…

Front and rear frame sections
Trunk and cockpit aluminum
Front and rear body panels
Radiator extension tubes
Shifter conversion kit
Fuel cell
custom coilovers
Outer door cap and mirrors
Lower door sills
Upper door panel conversion
Fiberglass shifter tower
Wiring extensions and battery relocating mount box
Intercooler relocator kit and complete exhaust system
Heating and a/c extension kits
Removable hard top
Laser cut aluminum inner rear panels/engine compartment
Engine cover hatch

How is that for a kit? A quick little craigslist search shows plenty of 4 door jettas in the area for $2000-4000 with working A/C and everything. I would say one could complete this car for $15,000 . Looking through some of the build photos of the Smyth Performance facebook page It looks like is it straight forward. I have sent them a message asking if they had a build manual they could supply me with to take a look at everything involved.

Now what if you had a Jetta and you wanted a truck? I know crazy! But I always look at things like the PT cruiser and say damn it would make a cool mini truck. Smyth has you covered on the truck as well. I could not find any info on what is included in that kit other then it is $3500 and as of Sept they where taking deposits on it. I personally think it looks great and I am willing to bet it is a pretty straight forward build.

Now I understand these will not be all of our readers cup of tea. The looks, the Chassis, and so on . Everyone has different tastes . But one thing I think we can all agree on is that it is taking a cheap platform and making it affordable for the average guy to own something unique. Do I think Smyth Performance change the industry with these kits? Probably not! But as long as they continue to think outside the box, taking into consideration that not everyone has the skill, time or money to build $50k kit cars I believe they will do just fine.

Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/SmythPerformance

What happened to it? Mystery Reverse Trike2 Comment

Uncategorized, What is it? | Wed, 16 Oct 2013 Posted by :

Years ago while browsing ebay this interesting trike was for sale complete with the molds. I thought the design was very good, but obviously dated.  The trike appeared to be complete and “ready” to run, but I cannot recall the specifics of the auction, just that I saved the photos.

Years later I cant find any info on where it went, who originally build it, and what is going on with it today. Do any of you recall this one for sale or maybe have seen it ? Let me know if you have any info.

What are you working on?4 Comment

Uncategorized | Wed, 16 Oct 2013 Posted by :

We want to see your projects. If you are currently working on a kit car send us a message from our contact page and attach a few photos. We always like to see what is going on out there. Also, we are always looking for suggestions to improve price of his toys. Let us know



Sites of Interest0 Comment

Cimbria, Probe 16, Sterling | Fri, 11 Oct 2013 Posted by :

I figured today would be a great day to post a few sites that our readers might find interesting.

Adams Probe - This is a great website if you are looking for any sort of information regarding the Adams Probe kit cars, as well as other variatons/manufactures of it. The website is owned by a gentleman who’s father had the manufacturing rights to the Probe back in the early 1970s. Check them out at www.adamsprobe.com

National Sterling – If you have, had or want a sterling or one of its family of cars (Cimbria, Sebring, Sovran) you need to look no further then www.nationalsterling.org . The website contains a forum for both US and UK owners, a registry, and more information on these cars than anywhere else on the web.

If you know of a website that our readers might enjoy feel free to send us a message and let us know about it.

Aquila Kit Car for sale1 Comment

aquila | Fri, 11 Oct 2013 Posted by :

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

Today’s LOL6 Comment

FiberFab, Jamaican | Mon, 07 Oct 2013 Posted by :

Man there has to be something in the water in Lakeland Florida. Something that makes you pull a car value out of thin are. This listing is a prime example of an “appraisal” gone wrong. The seller as a “RARE Fiber Fab Jamaican Kit Car” for sale. The listing says nothing about the true condition of the car, if it has a title, whens the last time a ran, or anything. Here is pretty much all is says…

Rare Vintage 1973 Fiber Fab Kit Car
Appraised in Current shape at $2-$3000
Appraised in Top Shape at $10k-$20k
For sale at $1200 OBO
It does not run!

Now don’t get me wrong I am a big fan of the Jamaican. In my opinion it is one of the best looking Fiberfab made. BUT never would I pay $1200 or anywhere in the realm of $1200 for that car. If it had a title Maybe $500? Without a title $100 maybe $200 just to pull the body off and put it on something else.

What would you offer the seller for this car?

UPDATE: I tried on several occasions to contact the seller with no luck.

Another Concept 2000 on eBay0 Comment

Concept 2000 | Sun, 06 Oct 2013 Posted by :

Well we recently posted the white Concept 2000 that is currently on eBay but if white is not your thing maybe I can interest you in Black? The seller of this car says he purchased it 10 years ago, its on an 87 Fiero SE and that kits went for $75k. And most important that it is RARE!

At the time of me posting this the auction has 15 bids and is at $6405. What do you think it will end at?

Concept 2000 on eBay0 Comment

Concept 2000 | Fri, 04 Oct 2013 Posted by :

Featured in the October 1994 issue of Kit Car Illustrated the Concept 2000 was a kit car produced by A to Z out of Ft Lauderdale. The car is said to be a loose (very loose) version of the Dodge Turbo Interceptor from the Charlie Sheen movie The Wraith. In my opinion nothing about it resembles the Wraith Car.

The car on eBay has a BIN price of $21,900 . At the core of the car is a 1988 Pontiac Fiero V6 with a Garrett Turbo. It also retained all the factory Fiero interior. The seller is quick to point out that THIS IS NOT A KIT CAR but in reality is was. It was offered in 3 packages. for $7000 you could get the basic body package, for $12,000 you could get an advanced packaged (mounted to your chassis) and for $25,000 you could get a turnkey. I dont doubt that the car in the auction is a factory built car, but lets be real. If it was offered as a kit in KIT CAR ILLUSTRATED its a kit car.

I have never really liked the use of the word rare when it comes to kit cars. In this case it is a Fiero with a body kit and not a production car. About 26,000 1988 fieros were produced. Is it nice? Sure! Was the body made in very low numbers? Yup! Worth $21k? Um not to me but I can still appreciate the car. Then again I would say the same about any Lambo kit on a stretched fiero chassis with an asking price of $50k.

What do you guys think ? Do you have $21k laying around and want it? If you had $21k would you buy it?


And this hits keep coming. Check out this $9000 GT40 Replica2 Comment

FiberFab | Thu, 03 Oct 2013 Posted by :

Oh man this is just to easy. $9000 you can have your very own GT40 replica body on a modified VW chassis. No that was not a typo. The seller is really asking $9000 for this project. He claims it is 60% complete, but judging by the photos its about 40% complete.

You tell me . What would you pay for this? http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/cto/4103886553.html


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