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Post by scimjim » Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:39 am

We had the famous Adams Probe 16 aka the Durango 95 from the 1971 film “A Clockwork Orange”
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But we didn’t have the 1968 prototype Adams 15 that it was based on.
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Only one car was built, the second body became the buck for the Adams 16 and then went to Peter Timson of Concept Cars and became the Centaur. The design was then sold to Mirage Developments, who turned it into the Pulsar 2 and later, Pulsar 3.

The Probe version that finally made it to production, at the hands of the Adams brothers in 1971, was the Probe 2001. Still very low at 37", it was intended to have V8 power, but ultimately used the BMC 1800 motor and suspension mechanicals, and featured a redesigned body with a built in spoiler for roll over protection. It also had an electrically operated Perspex roof that slid back to allow for entry. To ease this odd mode of entry, the seats moved up and back. Adams only built 4 examples before the project moved to Scotland. Around 12 further shells were made though it is unclear how many were made into completed cars.
In all, less than 100 of the cars spawned from Adams' Probe series were produced by the 3 firms the project went through.
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Currently there is an effort to revive the Probe make by the Scottish Firm, Circa Cars. Theirs is essentially a "re-imagined Probe 16" with gull-wing doors replacing the sliding canopy and 3 abreast seating, with the driver in the center. This new version features Yamaha R1 motorcycle power with a 6-speed sequential gearbox.

Circa is also working on restoring/building a "new" Probe 15 from one of the two original Adams body shells. Both projects are ongoing, per what can be ascertained from online sources.


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Post by scimjim » Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:33 am

The 1966 Cannara - the lights slide out of a hole in the wing :D
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Post by guybetts » Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:21 pm

I can't imagine they would be very effective :lol:
However, I kinda like it. It's certainly unusual


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Post by scimjim » Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:33 pm

guybetts wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:21 pm
I can't imagine they would be very effective :lol:
However, I kinda like it. It's certainly unusual
the only picture I saw with the lights out, made them look really small :D


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Post by Coupe Racing » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:37 am

So many aspects of the design that would not pass into production for safety reasons - even though it is a concept


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Post by scimjim » Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:39 pm

Tara Two
In 1978 ex racing driver Tony Claydon created his first prototype design, a two-door coupe, built based upon a space frame chassis (Merlyn Racing Cars) with fibreglass bodywork and powered by a Rover V8 engine.
There was a convertible design version also, but never produced.

The design was pitched to both Aston Martin and TVR (Tasmin) but not adopted for production and so only existed as a prototype.

Forming CHAD (Claydon-Hamilton Automotive Design in the early 90’s also designed the Super Sport 4, a two-door, four-seat sports coupe. By 1998 only three vehicles had been produced with CH Automotive taking over the project with the very similar Cerity R.
The SS4 design was also used to create a new body for a Pontiac Fiero powered car for Candy Apple Cars, called the Finale. The project was eventually sold to V8 Archie in America who then also went on to produce the Fino.

Tony Claydon would also be involved with Piper Racing Cars creating a Piper GTR Le Mans replica, built by MDV Specialist Engineering.
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Post by scimjim » Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:20 pm

The Albar Sonic

Albar was a maker of Dune Buggies, Custom VW Beetles, and kit cars that traded from 1978 until 1993. It was started in Buochs, Switzerland by an entrepreneur named Alois Barmettler and the name of the company was a combination of the initial letters of his first and last names. His firm was famous for over the top creations and his Dune buggies proved very popular.

In 1982 Albar introduced its wildest creation yet, the Sonic, which featured an extreme wedge shaped profile, scissor doors, and a unique set of 7 concealed headlights. The original car was based on the VW Beetle chassis and floorpan, retaining its air-cooled flat-4 motor mounted at the rear. However later versions used a custom tubular frame that allowed for a mid-engine layout and VW Golf or Renault 25 power.
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An open top "Spyder" version was offered with Porsche power in 1982. Then in 1984 the Sonic 2 was released with a mid-engine, 2+2 layout and a new headlight design featuring 2 sets of 3 headlights under retractable lids. This car featured VW Golf 1600 power and a bespoke chassis, but retained most of the styling of the original Sonic. This version made its debut at the Geneva Salon.
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The Sonic was also sold in the UK by 1-Six-2 Engineering, based in North London. A total of 10 were sold, 6 of which went to a single Arab customer. These were similar to the later Albar cars with their custom chassis, 2+2 seating, and VW Golf power.

The final Sonic version was introduced in 1991 by Albar and was offered with a 6-cylinder Renault motor, mounted mid-rear, as a turn-key car.

While not well known outside of Germany, the 1986 film "Killing Cars" featured the Sonic in the eponymous role, albeit rebranded as the "Korda World Car". The story concerned an inventor of an environmentally friendly car in a "complex story of automotive intrigue, oil barons, corporate finance, and international villainy, the inventor of an environmentally friendly car powered by energy cells becomes the target of killers. After Ralph Korda has given his patented worldcar to a German automaker for testing, he is confronted by ominous men, eager to get their hands on his patent. Evil Arab petroleum lords also want to stop this threat to the gasoline market any way they can", according to IMDb.
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Accounts vary on the subject, but sometime between 1993 and 1999, the Sonic ceased production. While not the most handsome kit car of its era, it was certainly one of the most distinctive and ambitious.


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Post by scimjim » Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:32 pm

Back on page 2 (eight and a half years ago :shock: ) the Bradley GT was quietly added to the list. Here’s some more info on them.

The Bradley Automotive story

In 1979, the leading producer of kit cars in the USA was Bradley Automotive in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was in large part due to a combination of an aggressive ad campaign, which was seen in every automotive and do-it-yourself magazine in the country, and the high quality of their products. Over 6,000 kit's were sold throughout the 70's, a huge number by specialty car standards.

They had a very personal sales method, with a staff that grew to over 30 people who called respondents to their ads and answered any questions potential customers had. It worked and the company was successful until the early 80's.

The Bradley Automotive was started by two people, Gary Cornyea and engineer David Bradley Fuller (the Bradley in Bradley GT). They joined their names together to form the name of their fictitious CEO, "Gary Bradley". It is unknown what prompted them to do that, but the name was even included in the company's legal documents!

Introduced in 1970, the GT was designed to fit on a standard VW Bug chassis. It was available in a variety of Gelcoat colors. The body was a one-piece, reinforced unit with a Targa style roof that bolted to the main unit. It featured Plexiglass frameless gullwing doors which were removable. It is estimated that nearly 6000 GT's were produced.

Also based on a standard VW pan, the GT2 was a refined version of the GT that made its debut in 1976. Bradley hired industrial designer and former Shelby American employee John Chun, to do the styling of the new car. It had a much more production car like quality, attention to details and trim level improved dramatically over the early GT's. The car featured gas strut actuated gullwing doors with sliding side glass and removable glass panels on the top part of the doors. The engine cover, hood, and hatchback had remote releases operated from the cockpit, a novel feature for a kit car, more likely found on a Toyota, at the time.

It had a steel reinforced roof and 5mph bumpers front and rear. It's probably one of the few kit's that met the safety standards of the day, a testament to the quality of it's engineering. In addition to the VW mill, the Bradley would also accommodate Porsche 914, 911 and even Mazda rotary engines. With around 500 GT2's produced complete examples and spare parts are both becoming rare these days.

To this day, Bradley GT's and GT 2's are some of the most visible kit cars on the road. They can be seen at swap-meets and custom car shows all over the country, due to the volume of cars made. The Bradley GT, along with peers like the Sterling and Kelmark, really put Kit Cars on the automotive map in the USA.
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Post by scimjim » Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:05 pm

The Manta Mirage & UVA Montage

Back in the early seventies a veteran Formula Ford racer named Brad Lovette designed and developed the V-8 powered Manta Mirage. It was an extremely potent package employing all of Lovette's racing expertise. It featured a custom tubular spaceframe and monocoque tub made of fiberglass. It was made to accept any GM or ford V-8 and employed Corvair rear and VW front suspension bits.

Unfortunately, Brad Lovette the founder of Manta was killed in a racing accident and the project was taken over by his brother Tim, who's savvy and expertise led the company into a very successful decade.

When the Oil crisis of the seventies hit, Tim Lovette saw the need for a more economical product for his company to market. Even though the Mirage was deliciously powerful and desirable, it was less than efficient in terms of MPG. Following the emerging trend in the industry to make kits based on the Volkswagen Beetle, Tim Lovette created the Montage.

The car proved immensely popular and received fabulous review from the press due to it's quality and ease of construction. Despite it's modest donor car, it was a very exciting car to drive and would draw a crowd where ever you took it.

The Mirage kit, in it's original guise, featured a flip open rear section for engine access, removable doors which converted the car from coupe to roadster, Can Am inspired styling, and a Jig welded tubular spaceframe with all engine and suspension mounting points installed. The basic kit included the body, doors, molded in dash, seats and interior, windshield and all other glass, frame and dual USAC approved foam fuel cells. The deluxe kit included all of the above plus upholstery, exhaust system, wiring harness, radiator, wiper assembly, headlight kit, steering kit, fans, and a custom air intake. The company claimed the kit could be built in 275 hours or less.
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The Montage, on the other hand, was designed to bolt directly to a VW pan. It's features included a wrap around windshield, two piece sectional doors with pop-out windows, exposed rectangular headlights, and a tilt open rear section for engine bay and trunk access. Thermoformed plexiglass was used for the side and rear windows while the windshield was DOT glass. The body consisted of 3 sections plus doors. Also included in the kit were all of the glass, tail section hinge brackets, fiberglass seat shells, door latches, hardware and assembly manual.
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A factory built mid engine tub and frame designed for V-6 power was also available. This setup was called the Montage T and used GM X-Body drivetrains (e.g. the Chevrolet Citation).

The Montage was also produced and sold under license by a British company called UVA, which was also well known for an authentic sand-rail dune buggy kit, in the 80's.

UK built (By UVA) Montage With popup headlights like the Mirage
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Manta's final product was a very accurate replica of the original (C1) 1955 Corvette which, as well received as they were, didn't sell well. Most likely they were eclipsed by the rash of Cobra replicas that came to dominate the market at the time.

Manta Cars ceased production in 1986, having sold about 1,000 factory-built and component cars. The project was subsequently purchased by a company called Warp Five Inc., in Blue Springs, Missouri which sold the Mirage and Montage in revised forms. They also sold an interesting, tandem seat, motorcycle powered car called the Starship, but this author is unsure how many of those were produced. They sold the former Manta cars from 1992 until 2001.

The cars were stars of pop culture as well. There was a Manta Mirage in the original Gone In 60 Seconds movie (the one from 1974) and a modified version of the Montage appeared in the television series Hardcastle and McCormick (1983-1986) as the Cody Coyote. It was arguably the star of the show.

Authors note: This article originally appeared in the Rare Component Cars e-Zine in 1998. It has been updated for detail and inclusion of pop-culture references.


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pop-up headlights NOW INCLUDING HIDDEN HEADLIGHTS

Post by scimjim » Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:04 pm

I think the Siva Saluki needs demoting to drop down panels (there also appear to be some with fixed headlights?), however the Siva S160 and S530 need adding to the popup list :D

Siva S160

The original Hillman Imp-based car was designed by Neville Trickett for Jem Marsh (of Marcos, along with Frank Costin) but he rejected Trickett’s design. It was however seen by Jan Odor (owner of Janspeed, a major UK tuning company), who put it on his own stand at the 1969 Racing Car Show. Nothing more transpired though so Trickett modified it to accept VW Beetle components to create the Siva S160. When shown at the 1971 Racing Car Show it was spotted by Volkswagen UK who showed an interest in producing it in volume, which of course never happened either. It was offered as a complete car and as a bare bodyshell A total of twelve S160s were produced.
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S530
Was a single prototype produced, based upon a monocoque contruction with an 3 Litre Ford V6 engine. An Aston Martin V8 engined version did not get beyond the prototype stage and was replaced in 1974 by the Siva V8 with a Chrysler 7.2 litre engine.

Siva also produced the Saluki kit car (1973-76), based upon the VW Beetle chassis with a 1600cc air-cooled 4-cyl engine. Once again only a few kits (12-20?) were produced.
The Saluki was later built by Embeesea Cars.
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Previous: SE5, 3 x SE5a, 2 x SE6a, 3 x SE6b, GTC, 2.9i GTC, 3 x 1600 SS1, 1300 SS1, Mk1 Ti Sabre, Mk1.5 CVH Sabre, TI SS1 (snotty), 1600 SS1 (C686CCR).
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