Building a car from scratch in your basement is hard enough to make you a bit of a hero to the rest of us. Going off-plan to completely re-engineer the design of the car, adding a turbo and doing all your own carbon fiber work is the stuff of legends. Meet Jon Frecks, whose home-built Lotus Seven replica rules hard.
Pontiac Fiero-based replica cars talk a lot of visual smack with their racy bodywork, but rarely back it up. Fortunately for us all, the current owners of this Fiero-based Ferrari F40 replica did the right thing and took it racing. Hey, replica owners everywhere: put up or shut up.
About an hour in I called it quits. I was fairly sure that I knew what most of this car was, but I gave up any hope that I might find out its exact history from googling around. This mystery car, looking like a mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette prototype that never was, had stumped me. At least it had stumped everyone…
See that? I had to make up a word there to figure out how I feel about this ‘70s/80s-era body kit for Datsun B210s called the Datsun 210ZX. The word is a portmanteau of ‘awful’ and ‘wonderful,’ because that’s exactly what this kit was: not wonderfully awful or awfully wonderful, but somehow both at once.
This might not look like a 1999 Miata but it is. It’s a stripped down version of one, only consisting of the bare essentials. This is the Exocet from a company called Exomotive. Starting around $7,000, you can build one yourself by getting a hold of a donor NB Miata (1999-2005), ripping it to shreds and throwing on a…
The seller of today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe kit car says it’s 90% complete, meaning you could probably finish it in a weekend. Let’s first see if its price makes any potential buyer 100% a schmuck.
It’s no secret that some sick, perverted part of me loves terrible ideas, especially terrible automotive ideas. I’m pretty sure the Convette qualifies. Think of the Convette as the Chevette for the person who loves weather, but hates speed, practicality, and, deep down, themselves.
After owning a host of the usual track rats, including an Elise, an Exige, an Atom, and a Westfield kit car, Dennis Palatov figured that he could improve upon the superlight track-warrior. So, he started making his own kits, including one Pikes Peak-worthy beast that accelerates from 0-60 mph in 1.8 seconds.
The ad for today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe FFR GTM says it’s being sold AS IS. That AS IS seems to be pretty desirable, but we’ll still have to see if its price has you saying AS IF!
The new Suicide Squad movie is getting a ton of buzz, but what’s that crazy purple sports car the Joker drives in it? Turns out it’s something pretty unusual called a Vaydor: a custom made body mounted to the chassis of a ten-year-old Infiniti.
Small, cheap, diesel, single-cab; the Smyth Performance Volkswagen “Ute” is the answer to the internet’s perfect truck. Just get yourself an old Jetta or Golf, a Sawz-All and prepare for glory!
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?
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?