While driving past Genuine Auto Repair in the Kansas City suburb of Lee’s Summit, I caught a glimpse of red fenders and a black grille inside on the showroom floor. What WAS that? My initial thought was something like an Elfin roadster, but I knew it was probably just some crappy VW kit car. I banged a youie and pulled in to check it out.
Once inside, it wasn’t an Elfin and it was a kit car, but it was neither VW-based nor crappy. This Mustang II-based Blakely Bernardi has been buffed and pimped, rebuilt and upgraded, from a previous state of dusty neglect to its current hotness. While it’s fashionable to bag on kit cars of any kind, this one possesses a surprising lustworthiness.