Black Oil & Night Soil: More Fiber For Your Friday

Kit cars – most of which were based on the Volkswagen Beetle platform, usually consist of fiberglass body and doors, and then you are to provide the VW pan and drive train.  Craigslist versions however, offer way more.  Buying any used classic can be a roll of the dice, but Kit Cars in particular seem to be a thrill ride of incomplete builds, and a hodgepodge of configurations, containing random components from decades past.  A quick search provided these six examples of fiberglass wonderment, that started out as someone’s dream and then slowly slipped away into yard hindrance and garage obstructions .  Enjoy your Friday, fiber up, and maybe purchase a project which you have no intention of completing either.

  • Brazilian made Ventura looks to have been on broil for the last decade.

    VW Ventura

  • Chimo, made by Customotive Inc., was an electric kit car long before that was a good idea.

    Volkswagen Chimo

  • Bradley comes with no gullwing doors, and you have to fetch it from Alabama.  Bulk up on cassettes for your journey home. Bradley GT

  • Invader GT is 99% complete, which means you have to install the engine.  Door mounted telephone pad is a nice addition. Invader GT

  • Sterling offers aging digital interior technology, along with need to do fiberglass work ( which is the worst job on Earth).  Bonus points for elevating canopy top. Sterling Kit

  • I am excited to inform you, that this car in the photo is not what you’ll be purchasing.  Aztec 7

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7 responses to “Black Oil & Night Soil: More Fiber For Your Friday”

  1. Alff Avatar

    I’d expect a vehicle called the Chimo to be a windowless van offering free sweets.

  2. Harry Callahan Avatar
    Harry Callahan

    Kit Cars: For people with more dollars than sense.

  3. GTXcellent Avatar

    My uncle has a Sterling in his garage!
    He’s a green card carrying Brit, and he brought it over from Blighty back in the 70’s. He’s been in the process of converting it to left-hand drive for about 40 years now. I’m fairly certain his powerplant is a 3L Porsche out of a 911. It’s a neat car and I like to see him actually get it on the road.

  4. outback_ute Avatar

    Slightly disappointed the Invader was not of the Gilbert variety, although despite being fibreglass they weren’t a kit car

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        Oops, I have ridden in a Gilbern Invader Mk3 so talk about typing and not really paying attention!

  5. Michael Mitchell Avatar
    Michael Mitchell

    oh the many dreams of kit cars that go unfulfilled… Gotta love the FoMoCo AM/FM unit in the console of the Aztec. I mean jesus – if your going to install a console you could do a little better then a 70’s cheap ass AM/FM.

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