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      12-14-2019 10:37 AM #1
      When you're still quite young and nobody around you is talking about kit cars, they kind of sneak up on you. Since the Bradley GT was featured in so many automobile ads when I first started reading car magazines, that's basically how I discovered kit cars at the time. My first impressions of the Bradley, since I didn't know any better at the time were positive. After a while though when you begin to discover its flaws, the thrill is gone or long gone in the Bradley's case. That's not to say there isn't some impressive kit cars out there though



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    3. 12-14-2019 11:04 AM #2
      Growing up in Detroit I saw all manner of automobiles. There was a guy with a VW Beetle kit car near us, looked like this:





      The Cobra kits were the most popular, the ads for them were in the back of all of the car magazines:



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      12-14-2019 11:30 AM #3
      The Meyers Manx dune buggy kit was the first kit car I was aware of.

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      12-14-2019 11:32 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Burnette View Post

      The Cobra kits were the most popular, the ads for them were in the back of all of the car magazines:


      I always wanted to build one of these.

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      12-14-2019 11:33 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by Burnette View Post
      Growing up in Detroit I saw all manner of automobiles. There was a guy with a VW Beetle kit car near us, looked like this:





      The Cobra kits were the most popular, the ads for them were in the back of all of the car magazines:


      No surprise, if you were stuck in the early 70's, kit cars with Beetle engines were easy to find then. I saw my share of Bradley GT's out on the streets then. That gave me a better perspective of them from what I saw in all the magazine ads at the time. The cheap fiberglass body really stuck out when I first saw them in the flesh.

    7. 12-14-2019 11:50 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by DneprDave View Post
      The Meyers Manx dune buggy kit was the first kit car I was aware of.

      http://meyersmanx.com/
      A friend at work made a dune buggy from a kit that looked just like the one on the front page of this link, it was purple too!

      With infinite money and places to store cars, one of these would be in the collection. Not to look at but to drive in summer, they are so cool.

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      12-14-2019 02:50 PM #7
      Those that were born in the mid-late 70s probably remember this one from TV...first one I remember knowing was a kit car:
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      12-14-2019 02:56 PM #8
      In the '50s and '60s, the Devin was what everyone wanted:



      But my first introduction was the Fiberfab Jamaican in the '60s:



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      12-14-2019 03:02 PM #9
      Bradley was the most common, and likely the first one I saw. Hell, it was probably the first 10 kit cars I saw.

      My dad bought me a subscription to Kit Car magazine back in the early 80s, and probably four out of five in that magazine were VW based.

    11. 12-14-2019 03:13 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by JMURiz View Post
      Those that were born in the mid-late 70s probably remember this one from TV...first one I remember knowing was a kit car:
      That still looks as badass today as it did back then

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    13. 12-14-2019 03:25 PM #12
      My dad drove one as a daily for a while. He did legal work for the company and they gave him one when they found out he was a club racer. He ended up doing a lot of chassis development for them, but never raced it in any series. It was a rough Lotus Elise that was harder to get in long before Lotus thought of the Elise. My dads was yellow.

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      12-14-2019 08:32 PM #14
      This kit car (Factory Five F9R) hasn't hit the streets yet but from what I've seen of the exterior is impressive for a kit car. From what I've seen in the past, I'd be surprised if they could even get the interior up to a Camaro level of refinement.


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      12-14-2019 08:41 PM #15
      It'd be either a Cobra kit or a Fiero based "Ferrari" and I can't remember which was first.

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      12-14-2019 11:07 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by antilock View Post
      When you're still quite young and nobody around you is talking about kit cars, they kind of sneak up on you. Since the Bradley GT was featured in so many automobile ads when I first started reading car magazines, that's basically how I discovered kit cars at the time. My first impressions of the Bradley, since I didn't know any better at the time were positive. After a while though when you begin to discover its flaws, the thrill is gone or long gone in the Bradley's case. That's not to say there isn't some impressive kit cars out there though



      If Baja Bugs are considered kit cars this is not accurate: Back in the early 1980s the Bradley GT was the first kit car I ever saw that I realized was a kit car. I saw several of them in person. The strangest thing is that the first half a dozen, maybe more, were either never completed or falling apart. Stranger than that, the last 4 or 5 I've seen over the last couple of years were done very well, actually so good I almost wanted one.
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      12-14-2019 11:16 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by JMURiz View Post
      Those that were born in the mid-late 70s probably remember this one from TV...first one I remember knowing was a kit car:
      I was born in the late 60s. I saw that thing on TV a couple of times. IIRC, it was the only car that jumped, landed, and kept on going. I wish I would have seen it more times but at that time I was more interested in keg parties in the woods.

      I had no idea it was a kit car for several years.
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      12-15-2019 01:11 AM #18
      Seeing any kit car stresses me out.....

      Edit - I should clarify, any kit car that is made to look like something it is not - like the Fiero kits made to look like a Ferrari.

      V6 Mustangs with Shelby emblems also make me sad.

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      12-15-2019 02:39 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by steve1673 View Post
      Yup. Followed by mostly other VW based kits. But a Manx is on my bucket list, either a legit Meyers or a restomod knockoff.
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