What’ll or not it’s, an Elite Enterprises Laser 917 or a KAR Manufacturing Funtastik Camaro?
Welcome again to the forbiddingly-cluttered-with-unfinishable-initiatives Hell Storage, the place you should select one in every of two cool-however-nightmarish initiatives.
In our final descent into Project Car Hell, these two tasks had been 1980s turbocharged Fords; this time, we’re getting conventional with the initiatives and package vehicles based mostly on the venerable Type 1 Volkswagen Beetle chassis pan. Through the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, you would get a tremendous number of such kits, and lots of the ensuing autos are nonetheless with us. Some are in want of ending, others are in want of restoration, and all are spectacular.
Let’s hearth up a clattery VW 1200cc engine that is about sixty five,000 miles overdue for a valve adjustment and see what we have got for you!
The rationale the images are so overexposed is the Laser 917’s intense Awesomeness Radiation Area.
The Porsche 917 made an enormous splash within the automotive world when it grabbed general Le Mans wins in 1970 and 1971, and it wasn’t lengthy earlier than somebody discovered that the VW Beetle and the 917 had been just about the identical automotive beneath (in case you use a little bit creativeness and take into consideration the Beetle origins of all Porsches, that’s). Elite Enterprises in Cokato, Minnesota, created the Laser 917 kit, and the streets of America got here alive with Porsche 917s making that particular whistling sputter from their VW air-cooled engines.
As you may anticipate, most of those automobiles weren’t handled effectively, and the depreciation was fierce. Nonetheless we have managed to search out some moderately priced venture Laser 917s on the market, together with this one in Missouri for only $2,800 (go here if the itemizing disappears). The physique appears fairly good, the classic wheels are excellent, and it even comes with a brand new windshield. The inside is tough, however a fast journey to your closest All-You-Can-Carry junkyard sale will yield some good low-mile Audi seats for affordable. As for the lacking engine, why, that is an alternative! We advise a vintage Corvair-engine-to-VW-transaxle adapter, or maybe go the Fittipaldi route by joining two VW engines to make a flat-8.
Look out, right here comes the WACK-O Z28!
When the second-generation Chevrolet Camaro got here out in 1970, we’re fairly certain that not many automotive buyers longed for a shortened model with cartoonish wheel flares, two seats, and a VW engine within the again. That did not cease KAR Manufacturing in Massachusetts from designing the VW-pan-primarily based Funtastik Mini-Camaro equipment, nevertheless, and shortly there have been legions— nicely, dozens, at the very least— of Mini-Camaros roaming the land, every cranking the Mini-Camaro Theme Song on its Sparkomatic eight-observe participant.
Funtastik Mini-Camaros are very arduous to search out now, however we had been in a position to rating this gorgeous purple-with-yellow-flames Mini-Camaro in Texas in first rate situation for a surprisingly low $three,000 (go here if the itemizing disappears). The graphics— together with the large yellow smiley-faces and “WACK-O Z28” lettering— are already excellent, so you will not want to vary something there. The inside, nevertheless, cries out for a thick coating of diamond-tucked purple metalflake vinyl with gold piping and opulent fake-mink maroon carpeting, and we expect more power couldn’t hurt.