Sports car makes 32-year roundtrip to New York Auto Show

The Alessi clan of Long Island first showed their custom-designed AR-1 sports car at the New York Auto Show in 1979. This year the AR-1 returned for its second debut, refreshed after a 32-year hibernation with 600 hp.

Fiberglass fabricators by trade, the Alessis' based the 1979 version of the AR-1 around a Buick Grand National turbocharged V6. Nick Alessi says that after selling a few copies, the family put the car away for a couple of decades, and after inheriting some money he decided to revive the design with modern bits, including a twin-turbocharged 6.2-liter GM LS3 engine good for 600 hp and 580 lb-ft of torque. The custom-designed suspension and frame were reworked as well, but the exterior design was left mostly intact, save for covering the headlamps.


The redone Alessi can supposedly hit 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, and Alessi plans to sell 50 copies. Prices weren't disclosed, so if you want to inquire, go here.

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