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  1. Snowbird

    Snowbird Funster Life Member

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    Having owned a few in the past, my favourite being an NG TA am getting an itch for another kit. I fancy a Pembleton Brooklands or maybe the 3 wheeled version with the Motoguzzi engine. The JSR trike is nice but seems to be fetching silly money, so thats out of the question. Any other kit car aficionados on fun ?.
     
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    Never had one but would Love one of these.... It would have to be a kit car as the real thing is way too expensive ..

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    I know how not to finish one :whistle:
     
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  4. Snowbird

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    Even an AC kit can make eye watering money. Have seen nice Cobra kits make over £30K.
     
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    On going but racing got in the way (Years) DSCN0076.JPG
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    I built a Westfield SEi with a Dunnel prepared Ford Zetec motor ... great fun to build and drive(y)

    Bought the chassis in 1992 and finished it in 1993 but only kept it for 3 years ... would like to buy it back now.
     
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    Shelby AC Cobra, drop dead gorgeous, have always wanted one since I was a nipper, and would have a decent kit car, always wanted to build one but when you see the amount of unfinished kits for sale (usually) it made me realise there's probably more to it that meets the eye so I never bothered, probably couldn't even get in one now!
     
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  8. Snowbird

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    I think there are 2 kinds of kit car owner. The one that gets the pleasure from the build and once completed they hardly drive them. The other who will get them out on any dry day and just drive them for the sakes of driving them. I was even known to take time off work, just to go for a blast on a sunny day. Am more into the 30s replicas nowadays than the hot stuff. One of the first kits I owned was a Dutton with the Ford Essex engine from an ex police Granada. That thing was more than a little hairy.
     
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    Why build a kit car when you can buy a Lotus?


    They were one of the first 'production' kit cars

    I have a 1989 Excel, been stored for over 10 years......... cheaper than a kit car, not on a Q plate... fantastic performance and road-holding........

    When I was a kid I used to dream of building a 'Special' ... a converted Ford Pop or Austin 7......

    Ashleys, Typhoons, AJS ......all gone now ..... 'Practical Motorist'...... (y)(y)

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  10. Snowbird

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    Getting in is the easy bit with those two seaters. Getting out is the difficult bit as you get older.
     
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    I had a Caterham 7 for 8 years. Uprated the engine 3 times. Used to take it to the track at Anglesey on a regular basis. All good fun(y) Anglesey5.JPG
     
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    I built a Spartan on a new chassis with a vitesse engine. OBG 308S, It was used as an every day car bythe previous mrs. She kept it when we split, òften wonder what happened to it.
     
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    I used to love watching the Morgan three wheelers racing at Brands as a kid!
    Very hairy and some of the time on two wheels or upside down.
    Crazy prices now,Have a Guzzi bike and to be honest that old industrial looking V twin looks grand stuck out the front of a repro Morgan.
    Why not??
     
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    I built this in 1991 image.jpeg
    A Lomax based on a Citreon 2CV, used every day for going to work. Sold it in 1999, but now wished I had kept it.
     
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    Love the Lomax - full of character! C&CC members can read about doing the NC500 in a Lomax with rescue dog and tent in their recent mag
     
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    We had a dutton mellos until pregnancy meant she couldnt get behind the wheel and i rebuilt a mini scamp which i sold to a guy who wanted it for off roading???
     
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    I would love the 3 wheeled Pembleton Grasshopper with the Guzzi powerplant, but know full well it would be the end of me. There is something about those Morgan replicas that make you want to push them to the limit and beyond. Am looking seriously at the Pembleton Brooklands with the same engine but with 4 wheels we would both stand a slim chance of survival.
     
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    What I have noticed recently is that many of the better examples have been exported to France and Holland where they make good prices. We were almost unique in the kit car craze here in the UK. I dont know of any other European builder although there were a few in the States. Is it the British quirkiness or because our factory built cars fell apart so quickly in the 60s and 70s. Many early examples were built around Ford and BL donors, which says a lot for there mechanicals, but little for the bodywork.
     
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    i did go and look at another dutton a few years ago but realised my bum no longer fitted in the seat
     
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    I have to admit it was my ever increasing stomach size which influenced the sale of the Caterham. While easy to slide in - not so easy to get out (with any dignity):eek:
     
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