Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe contender is a car originally touted as having a braking parachute as standard equipment. That’s pretty crazy but does this one’s current price and condition have you thinking its seller is full of chute?
We love El Caminos, and I’d wager it’s pretty safe to say we dig Toyota’s sweet bomb of an engine the twin turbo 2JZ too. Put those two together and they’ll make beautiful sexytime, right? Well, not really. Yesterday’s so-equipped 1965 El Camino suffered an El Kabong with a 78% Crack Pipe loss at its nineteen-five asking. Dash it all, if only it had been a more traditional example of that all-American icon.
Speaking of American icons, you don’t get much more red white and blue then the car that showed the Italians who was boss at Le Mans in France. Yep, I’m talking about the GT40, Americanerinos. Ford’s no-expenses spared endurance racer racked up four consecutive Le Mans victories from ‘66 through ‘69, and of course as we all know it was designed in… Great Britain. Okay, okay, well at least the Ford GT super car from the last decade that was built in homage to the classic racer can proudly wave the Stars and Stripes because at least it was engineered in… Great Britain.
Okay, well no worries patriots, because for all you red-blooded, furriner-distrusting, American-exceptionalism fantasizing, freedom-lovers I have a GT-40 analog that was produced here in Ah-mur-ic-ah. Yep, the ad may not come right out and say that because the seller kind of seems to sort of want you to believe that this car is some sort of GT-40 replica. And as a matter of fact it sort of kinda is.
What it is, in actual fact, is a Fiberfab Valkyrie, and that’s not a bad thing. Fiberfab was a purveyor of kit cars in the sixties and seventies that offered a slew of homage and original body styles for everything from VW Beetle pans, to re-clothed TR3s, to unique tube frame beasts like our friend here.
The Valkyrie was the big brother to the Avenger, which looked similar but a bit awkward as it was designed to take a VW mill up its wazoo. The Valkyrie on the other hand was a righteous mid-engine car, powered by whatever you could stuff back there, but typically a Chevy V8. Behind that was usually a flipped-around Corvair transaxle. Here’s the funny thing, while the original Fiberfab died back in the eighties, the Valkyrie lives on today.
Of course you don’t have time for the whole kit car kit and caboodle, after all you’ve got freedoms to exercise. One of those is the right to buy this Valkyrie already in progress. The ad specifically states that THIS IS NOT A VW CAR!!! and in fact it’s pretty obvious once you flip the back half of the car open and see that it’s packing some pretty serious heat.
Immediately behind the cabin, and separated from it by nothing more than a thin layer of fiberglass, sits (duh, duh, duuuuh) an SBC. That’s hooked up to some sort of transaxle, which is hidden by a fuel cell and battery that together sit right above it. The fact that you have to pass the gas nozzle over the exhaust pipes should make every fill up an exciting adventure.
The seller says that the car does sixty in under four seconds and that all the parts are there for the car to be completed almost as fast. It’s kind of a question as to what exactly is the present state of the car, as the pictures show it with what looks like a Gurney bubble in some shots and without it in others. One thing’s for sure, those major league fender flares sure do stand out, both visually and in fact.
Inside, it’s more fiberglass and some digital gauges. Also, if you need wire, this looks to be the place to get some. It’s hard to say if there’s side glass but the windscreen and rear window (both sourced from the early Mustang fastback if I recall correctly) are in good shape, although the lack of wipers makes this a sunny-day ride only.
How many Valkyries made it to the street? Who knows? The owner’s registry shows 19, including a half-finished one that sold for $29,000! This one’s far more than half-way there (it apparently actually drives) and is a grand cheaper. Deal, right?
Well, not so fast there, bunkie. You need to weigh the facts as presented in the ad and decide for yourself if this Valkyrie is worth a flight to pull twenty eight large from your bank account. What do you think, is this GT-40 with a Chevy worth $28,000? Or, is this homage priced like garbage?
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