Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Beagle Has Landed: 1973 Porsche 914 Eagle GT Kit

Ebay and craigslist are littered with kit cars that are designed to look like some priceless classic, but every once in a while you find a gem that almost transcends the dismissive "kit" designation.  Almost.  Find this 1973 Porsche 914 Eagle GT Kit here on eBay bidding for $14,100 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Aurora, IL.


The selling point of the kit car has always been the same -- you want exotic looks & exotic performance, but without the exotic price tag.  So, you take a cheap used whatever, slap on a swoopy fiberglass body and presto...driving nirvana.  Except that vehicle engineering is far more complicated than you or I might want to admit, and those fancy super cars have super prices because everything has been engineered to a super standard.  Some might even say...hyper.  However, today's beast has been through a few transformations, but it started out as a simple Porsche 914.


Sometime during the 1980s, a previous owner removed the Porsche body panels and fitted it with panels from something called an Eagle GT.that was designed/manufactured by Barry Goldstein in San Jose, CA.  It was also given a Chevy V8 from Renegade Hybrids and it roamed the world confusing folks through 2007, when the current owner picked it up.  Since then it has been re-engineered, the water cooled V8 dumped for an aircooled flat-6 from a 1985 Carrera 3.2 mated to a type 915 transmission with LSD.  If the suspension is setup correctly, it should be a hoot to drive.


The interior is a form follows function setup with an 80s look to the upholstery...but with the right resources it wouldn't be too hard to spruce up a bit. 


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13 comments:

  1. It is not hideous.

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  2. Pretty interesting little car.

    The interior looks like it was put together with a hot glue gun!

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  3. "Grandma can you knit me a dash pad for my Porsche 914 Eagle GT?"

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  4. The interior IS hideous.

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  5. The eagle has landed, check that , it's a seagull painted to look like an eagle. Pile of poo.

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  6. The eagle has landed, check that , it's a seagull painted to look like an eagle. Pile of poo.

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  7. 3/4 view looks ok, but the side view...yikes. The 914 windshield is to upright to fit with the body lines....It's like Saab tried to make a Ferrari.

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    1. I agree, but I'm betting it actually looks better in person than it does from these photographs.

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  8. Quick take: it's almost a gorgeous shape, a lot of 904/Ferrari 246, shame it looks like they screwed up the windshield/roofline to accommodate a removable roof panel.

    Interior sucks. Just completely sucks. After all the work he put into the mechanicals...yeah, I know, just finished off the interior details on on of MY less-ambitious project cars eight years after it was mechanically complete...

    It's worth something. The 914 platform is a good one, and the mechanical work looks good, and there are some turds that are worth polishing (you need the dry ice, or perhaps liquid nitrogen, and well-insulated gloves, of course.)

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    1. And while it's a shame someone bent the roof at the windshield header to make it flat behind that point, I'd bet it's got 95th-percentile adult headroom, unlike the kiddie-car Lotuses that've shown up here lately.

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  9. Wow, what a shame that Porsche didn't use this body for the original 914. This thing would seem to be just a few fixes from greatness. The ad says "no rear brake" but a more thorough reading clarifies (I think) that he means "no parking brake".

    Now with an all-Porsche drivetrain, and (for me) quite an attractive shape, it will all come down to where he set the reserve.

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  10. If I had never seen a Dino, this might be attractive. But instead, I look at it, am reminded of a Dino, and see all the ways that it falls short. And so I experience it as significantly uglier than it might actually be.

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  11. Fun driver, I'm sure, but more fun for less money is out there if you search.
    I wonder if the panel gaps could be 'fixed' and how many thousand$ would a decent interior cost...

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