Aztec, FiberFab | Tue, 02 May 2006 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
This actually got sold as a Devin (which it looks nothing like), but of course it’s a 60′s-era first generation Aztec by Fiberfab. This one is built with a three piece body (including a hydraulically actuated canopy) on a VW chassis powered by a Corvair 6-cylinder.
By the way, take the time to zoom in so you can check out the very cool headers exiting just in front of the rear wheels.
FiberFab, Valkyrie | Tue, 02 May 2006 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
I think he ended up selling it (for $6500, a steal!) after owning it for thirty years, but I just love the convertible conversion that Steven did on his Fiberfab Valkyrie. It’s built on a steel ladder frame with Corvair suspension, and a Chevy 350 V8 and Turbohydro 350 auto tranny. As he put it, “more fun and looks than any Corvette!”
Seriously, I don’t know why people buy things like new Vettes and Mustangs when there are well finished high performance specialty cars like this out there. Not that I’m a normal guy…
Laser 917 | Tue, 02 May 2006 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
A while back I had a really lucky day when it came to car sightings… first I followed a Pantera down the street, and then a stunning V8-based Manta Montage. Finally I noticed a VW-based D-type Laser 917 in a state of slight disrepair sitting in a driveway near Eglington Ave. West and Jane St. in Toronto… I stopped to see if I could find the owner, but no luck.
Unfortunately, like too many kits, it’s sitting in the dirt with tailpipes full of mud… I left a note on the car, but never got a call, so if you know anything about this car, drop me a line.
Yes, this means that I have no ethical obligation to trespassing when it comes to seeing kit cars.
Aztec 7, FiberFab, My cars | Tue, 02 May 2006 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
I’m headed off to New York City tomorrow until Friday (I’ll try and post while I’m on the road, but it may be a little slow), where among many other old friends, I’ll see the person who took the photos today from a wonderful day where we drove my “brand new” Aztec 7, the first kit I ever got on the road. It was also the car in which I learned to drive stick (on something other than a tractor or a stolen car that I didn’t really care about wrecking)…
On the way to the beach (Point Petre in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada), a Viper pulled up along side us and the owner sort of looked over wondering what the hell weird sort of car he was racing. We weren’t going that fast, but we slowly accellerated together until about 170 kph when he floored it and disappeared over the horizon pretty quickly. Some time on that trip I blew the engine as well and had to swap in the engine from my Laser 917.
Oh, speaking of travel and the Aztec 7, I’ve been thinking I should hit the Carlisle convention this year (later this month) to see more old friends and document the show. I have some shirts made that I was going to give out to people whose cars I like:
What do you think?
For Sale, One-offs | Mon, 01 May 2006 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
I have to admit that I don’t know much about this car… it just happened to be parked up the street from me so I took some pictures. Obviously it’s an old Camaro body on top of a 4×4 chassis (Bronco, Jeep, whatever, I didn’t look closely because I wasn’t alone and didn’t have too much time). I’m going to guess and say that unless there’s a lot more engine in it than I’m thinking that the asking price is somewhere in the $2000 range, but who knows… sometimes people have funny ideas about what things are worth.
Anyway, here’s a few more pictures. Oh, and it’s located in Toronto, Ontario. If you find out that it’s sold, please drop me a line so I can note that here.
Hey, it may not be a kit car, but it’s definitely homebuilt!
Avenger, FiberFab | Sat, 29 Apr 2006 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Dave Harvey owns own of the first FiberFab Avengers — serial #61 from 1966 — and when I last talked to him he had over 60,000 miles on the car.
Kelmark | Sat, 29 Apr 2006 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Brian McRae built his terrifyingly fast red Kelmark GT (or “Kelmark Liberator” depending on whose naming convention you want to use) around a tube chassis and a V8 mated to a Corvair tranny… I have almost the same car sitting in a barn right now, but trust me, Brian’s is about a zillion times nicer! Last I checked this car was in Nepean (near Ottawa, Canada).
FiberFab, Valkyrie | Sat, 29 Apr 2006 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Jerry Ryginski has got to have one of the sweetest looking (it just looks so “finished”) Valkyries around. For those of you who don’t know the car, the Valkyrie was the Avenger for people who needed a little bit more power, as it was a V8 based car rather than a VW based one.
Manta Mirage | Sat, 29 Apr 2006 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Back to the exotics!
One of the most famous Manta Mirages out there is Neil Albaugh’s, which spent the better part of its life as the second car Manta ever built and the factor demonstrator that was all over the magazines at the time. After Manta Cars of Santa Ana, CA went bankrupt, this car and it’s “MANTA 2” license plates spent a few years sitting in the dirt as a cut-up, mostly disassembled “basket case” before it fell into Neil’s hands.
As you can see, the two years he spent restoring the vehicle paid off well. It’s street legal and last I heard is running Arizona plates.