Welcome to Paper Jam, the feature where we highlight the best automotive advertisements from the past! Print might be nearly dead, but our scanners are just getting warmed up.
It’s a plain fact that there are more kit car Shelby Cobras in the world than there are the real deals. Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe homage car may be a pretender to the throne, but will its price have you saying: hey, let’s pretend?
The automotive aftermarket lobby (which exists!) got the “Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act” attached to a highway funding bill that passed on December 5th. Now companies selling Cobra, Ford GT and the other kit cars you recognize can effectively become mini dealerships of turn-key cars.
I’m a huge fan of the concept behind Factory Five’s Subaru-based 818 roadsters and coupés, but what if you want to get more out of your already awesome Mazda roadster? Enter: Flyin’ Miata.
As much horsepower as you can get out of a Subaru boxer in a mid-engined car that weighs just 1,800 pounds. Factory Five is doing this so right.
Factory Five Racing first made its name on kits that made Cobras out of Mustangs. They’ve come a long way since then. Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe 818S show just how far they have, but will this completed kit have too big a caboodle of a price to take the day?
Here are the three most important facts you need to know about this hand-built, Subaru-powered Porsche 917 tribute : 1. It isn’t a Laser. 2. It isn’t complete. 3. It has “two Subaru Tribeca engines bolted together to make a 12 cylinder boxer.” The project lit up the internet when it first listed on eBay last August…
The Lazer 917 was a reasonably popular kit car back in the ‘70s and ‘80s that would let you take that old Beetle your neighbor’s kid rolled and turn it into something that looked like a Porsche 917 built by the Pep Boys while on ketamine. And this one currently for sale on Craigslist may be the best one ever.
When Jalopnik’s worker-restraint pods place me in the weekly 15 minute “success daydream” cycle, I sometimes imagine myself arriving at a red carpet to receive some manner of award — but that doesn’t matter. What matters is the car that pulls up and drops me off. For many, it’s a limo. For me, usually, it’s a Boonie…
The wild widebody kit on whatever the Joker’s driving these days reminded me of all the other batshit car kits you can buy without being a supervillan. What are some of your favorite home-buildable cars on sale right now?
Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe contender is an unfinished project… from the '60s! It's as idiosyncratic a throwback as Austin Powers and twice as British, but will its price prove to be groovy, baby?
In British slang to get one's kit off means to get nekkid. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Blakely is a kit car, and while American, it looks all kinds of Jolly Old. Will its price however, have you ready to drop some cash?
A reader got a chance to meet, and drive, one of his heroes: a Shelby Cobra replica. They ran into a little mechanical trouble on the road, but managed to get the car sorted again in time for supper. Here's his story.
The Eesti Sports was introduced at the Las Vegas specialty car show in 1984 and as you can see, it's just as coketastic as the rest of the eighties was, despite being just a kit car based on the Chevrolet Citation. Yes, it's indeed a sporty Citation.
For £40,000 ($65,000), Lister Bell will build you the Lancia Stratos you always wanted. One that works.
Here we see a guy driving a Se7en clone on a fantastic mountain road, wind on his helmet, driving nirvana before him. And then his front wheel falls off.
For sale right now in a suburb of Ontario is this, possibly the only Pagani Zonda kit car in the world. $5,000. Some assembly required.
How do you sell a kit car based off of a VW Beetle with a Corvair engine back in 1969? Get a pretty blonde model and make one hilariously out-of-touch brochure.
We always knew people would start making replicas of Lamborghini's newest supercar, but we didn't expect it to be this horrifying. And it's for sale!
At face value, it might seem in bad taste to honor Carroll Shelby with a knockoff of the car that made him a household name in the mid-1960s. But what is it Charles Caleb Colton once said about imitation and flattery?