Sunday, October 3, 2010

Weekend Quickies, October 3, 2010

1974 Opel Manta -OK, it's an automatic and it's a a bit pricey at $4900.00, but what are your chances of finding another all original, 30,000 mile Opel Manta?

The Manta was a very good car. It was well built, quick and handled well.

The Solex carburetors were junk. Based on the photo, it looks like this one has had its Solex replaced with a Weber. (I wonder if there are any Opels left with the Solex carb?) Besides being relaibale, the Weber gave the Manta a slight increase in HP.

This one has the optional air conditioning and other than a small dent above the grill and a tear in the drivers seat, appears to be in very good condition.

Located in Austin, TX, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1980 Triumph TR8 - Last weekend I posted a 1986 Corvette and mentioned that there are very few V8 sports cars available for under $10K. Here's another one...

The TR8 was the last TR sold in the US. People either loved it or hated it. I love it. It was a modern British sports car. Less than 3000 were built.

This TR8 is a driver, not a show car. The seller claims it has just 22,000 miles on it.

Located in Lake Odessa, MI, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1986 Fortvac Bernardi - The seller doesn't know much about this car and I know even less.

It was built in Canada. It may or may not be a kit car. It has an Oldsmobile "Rocket" 350 V8 in it.

This car looks really good from the front. The rear is over-styled.

The seller is looking for more info about this car and I wouldn't mind knowing more about it myself. If you any info about this car leave it in the "comments" area or send me an e-mail.

Located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, click here to see the eBay listing.

1963 Datsun Bluebird 312 - Another interesting car located in Canada...

I have never seen one of these in person. These were sold in North America, but they didn't sell very well.

The car looks almost British (which makes some sense, as Datsun / Nissan was building the Austin A50 Cambridge under license in the 1950s), but it is a Japanese design.

Some work has been done to this car, but it still needs a lot more to be drivable. If you're a fan of odd Japanese cars and handy with a MIG welder, this would be a great winter project.

Located in Edmonton, AB, Canada, click here to see the eBay listing.


Unknown said...

Start here:

a Cimbria:

That from this thread:

further speculation/history at this link:

A message board poster who briefly claimed to be the person that built Bernardis left an email address on their profile:

Here's a thread containing what appears to be the same car you listed:


Jon said...

Hi Daxe!

More from kitcars...

"Cimbria was first made in Millwaukee, WI then moved to North Carolina. The Bernardi is from Canada."

Jon said...

I think maybe I found it halfway down the page!

Jon said...

I would take a Fiberfab Jamaican over the Bernardi any day.

Blair Russell said...

Man, you can find out info on just about any obscure car in the world just via some digging on the Internet. I haven't heard of the Cimbria either or the Bernardi; the car is not for me but I don't want to be rude and rip on any small company which wanted to try and make their own unique vehicle, as I know there's someone out there who thinks that Bernardi is a gem.

I hadn't heard of the Fiberfab Jamaican either, but I do not follow the kit car scene at all. For some reason, the name Fiberfab makes me giggle.

Jon said...

Back in the day, quite a few companies made "kit cars." Some kits were destined for the race track while others became dune buggies or neo classics.

Some cars, such as the Sterling, still look impressive after all of these years. Others, such as the Bradley GT, have not aged as well.

In my opinion, Fiberfab was at the top of the kit car manufacturer pyramid in the 1970's. They made a copy of the Ford GT 40 called the Valkyrie and the Ferrari 275-like Jamaican. It really didn't matter if most were based on a VW chassis and motor, they were as close as any of us kids would ever get to a "supercar."

The best example of this was the Aztec 7, a copy of the Alfa Romeo Carabo concept. While the Carabo was first shown in Paris in 1968, it really became popular as a Hot Wheels car. According to the website, "The plug for the car was made by taking photos of the Carabo and projecting them onto a wall where they traced them." How cool is that?

Too many current kit cars resemble counterfeit Rolex watches. I'm not overly impressed by a kit car Lambo or Ferrari, no matter how many hours were put into it's construction. Even when a Fiero chassis is stretched to make the proportions correct, there is something about the result that always seems bogus. Not as horrible as a Chrysler 300 (or Town Car) Bentley Arnage conversion, but still pretty bad.

Those early Fiberfab cars were cut from a different cloth. I don't think anyone was really trying to outright fool anyone into thinking the end result was anything other than a kit car.