Have you ever seen a Ford GT40 Roadster Golf Cart? Until today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe club hauler, neither had I. Let’s see if this cool little cart’s price could be considered par for the course.
According to Wikipedia, the European Hornet was ‘accidentally’ introduced in North America in the 19th Century. Yeah, I’d like to thank whoever did that because I sure do love knocking down their nests after my wife spots them under the eaves of our house. And by thank I mean hit them in the crotch with a nest.
Yesterday’s 1976 AMC Hornet X Sportabout was as pure an American Hornet as you could find, but not even its tan (almost brown) hue nor its impressive-sounding V8 could overcome the thought that its price was just too dang high—and that it was a Hornet. That resulted in a very narrow, but ultimately decisive 54% Crack Pipe loss.
Dang, if we’re not going to be showing off that Hornet at our local Cars and Coffee this Saturday morning, what the heck are we going to do? Hmmm, how about we play through nine holes before a satisfying breakfast that involves vodka?
If you’re going to play golf you’re probably going to need some way to get from the sand trap to the water hazard into which you’ve angrily thrown your nine iron, and what better way than a golf cart fashioned to look like a Ford GT40 Roadster?
There were only six real GT40 Roadster prototypes built by Ford back in the ‘60s, and none of those ever wore Gulf Livery like this cart does. Still, I don’t think that anyone driving this one would ever be all that concerned about ultimate historical accuracy.
It is described by its seller as an ‘antique’ a term that would feel particularly inappropriate for the real deal. The GT40 racer would be better labelled ‘a classic’ or perhaps ‘legendary.’ Here however it seems right, seeing as it doesn’t really look like a modern golf cart at all, and as it’s gas-powered it would probably disturb everybody else out there playing with their putters.
What kind of gas engine powers this fun-size GT40? It’s hard to say, but I’m going to go with something from the Briggs & Stratton family. That puts it at one-eighth scale of the original, which seems fitting.
The ad notes that it is ‘very rare’ (I can’t find another like it) and features ‘many custom parts.’ The seller claims too that he has been restoring it. What the hell, dude, why are you selling it? Why have you registered it ‘for the paths’ despite it appearing not to have room for a bag o clubs anywhere other than the passenger’s seat? Why are you selling such an odd bodkin and only offer four incomplete sentences in its advocacy in your ad?
So many questions, but the most important one for you is whether or not this weirdly wonderful GT40 golf cart (or funky Shriner parade car, or whatever you want to do with it) is worth the $2,500 that its seller is asking.
As you contemplate your response keep in mind that the real deal—one of the six GT40 Roadsters ever built—sold at auction not that long ago for nearly seven million dollars. Twenty-five hundred doesn’t seem too bad in comparison now, right?
H/T to My X-type is too a real Jaguar for the hookup!
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