Saturday, July 21, 2012

5k: Fiberfab Aztec 7

We at the dailyturismo tend to shun any kit cars that resemble true vintage production cars.  Its not for some absurd respect for Carrol Shelby's final wishes - but it is because we believe that if you want a car that looks like a Shelby Cobra or Porsche 550 - you should buy one, not cobble up some fiberglass equivalent of a 4 wheel Harley Davidson in your garage.  However - if your dreams of building your own car include style more reminiscent of Battlestar Galactica instead of Bertone...we are 100% with you.  With that in mind, we are pleased to present this 1973 VW Chassis based 1982 Fiberfab Aztec 7 found on ebay with an asking price of $7400.

Building a kit car on a VW frame gives you a chassis with the stiffness and build quality of a lego car. Expect the 70s Italian looks to give way to cowl shake to like an 80s Ford and interior panels to fall off like a 60s Brit.  But you can get star destroyer looks for cheap money!  This particular car is equipped with gull-wing doors - which presumably can be shut, but are open in just about every single photo.
 It is important to note that this car has a reason it looks so much like a star destroyer...Fiberfab was the producer of custom cars for the movie THX 1138 -- an early Lucas film.  Unfortunately many years later Fiberfab was shut down by the Florida attorney general's office in 1994 for defrauding its customers: a fate that Lucasfilms should face for the most recent Ep 1-3 star wars movies.
The hyperspace drive is a 1.6 liter turbocharged and carburetted VW flat 4 that puts out an undisclosed amount of horsepower - probably somewhere in the 100-150 hp range based on the 6 pounds of boost.  Zip ties, wires, lines and hoses run amok in something similar to Jawa build quality - it could use some good Wookie sorting of the flexible bits.
Body painted louvers in the back cover the rear window in an attempt to shield the passengers from solar rays - and the seller admits that it gets 'hot' in the summer.

Bottom line:  Does this car need to be 'starred' or 'destroyed'?

See a cool kit car for sale?  No fauxrarri's please!  email us:  dailyturismo@gmail.com

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