Saturday, November 28, 2009

Weekend Quickies

2006 Beck 356 Porsche Speedster - I remember. It was just a couple of weeks ago that I said I dislike kit cars. This car, while a replica and one you could build yourself, is not a kit car in my eyes.

The Beck 356 Speedster is the car to have if you like the looks of the original Porsche Speedster, but want a little more in comfort and performance.

It's not a body you drop onto another cars frame. It has its own tubular frame and can accept any number of different engines. People have powered their Becks with VW engines, Porsche engines and even Subaru engines. The car shown above has a 1915cc VW Type 1 engine, which is very similar to what came in the original Porsche.

While the body looks identical to the Porsche, the interior of this car is a giant step up from the original. This car has leather seats, a Nardi wheel and even air conditioning, which is nicely intergrated into the retro dash.

This car has just 419 miles on it and is being offered by Daniel Schmitt & Co. out of Saint Louis, MO. Click here to see the eBay listing.

Click here to see a PDF file with details on the Beck Speedster.

1959 Triumph TR3 - This car has been owned by the same person for the past 25 years. Earlier this month the seller awakened it from a 5 year "rest".

This is a really nice driver quality TR3. I'm usually not a huge fan of yellow cars, but this looks really good in yellow. The car has overdrive, which the seller verified came from the factory.

In my eyes, the TR3 will always be the quintessential affordable British sports car. (E-Types and big Healeys being too expensive to qualify as affordable) TR4s, TR6s, MGBs and Sunbeam Alpines are all great cars with tons of charm, but nothing screams "Classic British Sports Car!" quite like a TR3.

Located in Maine, click here to see the eBay listing for this car.

1985 TVR 280i Coupe - Anyone who has read this blog for awhile has probably figured out that I like TVRs.

This is a fairly rare 1985 TVR 280i coupe. The 280i body was designed by Oliver Winterbottom. The man is a master of the the wedge design that I like so much. Other cars he designed included the Lotus Eclat and Lotus Elite.

The seller states that this car needs work, but the body and frame are in good condition. That's important when buying a TVR, as body parts are tough to find. Most of the running gear, lighting, gauges, etc., came from other car companies and, with a little research, are relatively easy to find. From the pictures, it appears that the interior needs a good cleaning at the very least. The exterior may need new paint, or a good buffing.

I usually see a few 280i convertibles at various car shows, but I've rarely seen a coupe.

Depending on what type of work it needs, this could be a nice winter project. A restored 280i coupe would be a nice weekend driver and an attention getter at any car show.

Located in Sebring, FL, click here to see the Craigslist listing.

Posted on the TVR Car Club of North America site is a 1984 280i coupe with just 39 original miles on it. The seller doesn't list a price, but I'm sure it will be very, very expensive. Still, it's worth checking out. Find the TVRCCNA site here.

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