Saturday, January 27, 2018

Like A Porsche 917: 1975 Laser Kit Car

I know...I know...Saying a Corvair powered VW-style kit car is like a Porsche 917 is the analogous statement to saying that Rosie O'Donnell is like the Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge -- sure, they are both ladies (probably) and brunette..but um...yes, there certainly is a ride for every seat and a seat for every ride...or something.  Find this 1975 Laser Kit Car offered for $3,500 near Houston, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!



From the seller:
I'm putting my 917 replica up for sale again. It is built on a newly modified frame and chassis with disk brakes all around. Its got plexiglass that I cut and bent myself and a lexan windshield I had a friend install, Its got nice interior. no rips or anything on the seats. It could use new carpet on the floor. It is powered by a rebuilt chevy corvair flat6. It runs well but it has four carbs and they could probably use some adjustment. It dies sometimes when you stop and the alternator might need to be replaced because it looses its charge after a while. The fiberglass does have some cracking, but nothing structural, just normal for a 50 year old kit car. It does have a clean title in my name for a home constructed vehicle in 1975. Its a great platform for a running project car. I'm asking $3500 or best offer.  


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15 comments:

  1. What else can you buy for 35 hundred bucks that will turn so many heads?

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    1. 35 hundred bucks?

      Just go to a costume shop.

      Guarantee you'll find something that'll turn heads.

      Might even have a few bucks left for dinner (or a nice used car...)

      [image src="https://i.pinimg.com/originals/30/37/aa/3037aaa6579d236dce0078161c33eb64.jpg" width="400px"/].

      -Stan (the *other* Stan...)

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  2. Well, after my initial gut reaction, I have to say there is a lot to like about this one.

    Start with that flat-6 Corvair engine. There is real potential there, and it is just so much cooler than a VW flat-4. Heck, add a second one, and you have a flat-12, like the real 917! The wheels are very nice. I guess that a VW front suspension, but not off a regular Type 1 Beetle (anybody recognize it?). And the workmanship looks fairly tidy, especially compared to most kit cars.

    The body design is "close but no cigar" in my books. Tucking in the lower side panels would help a lot.

    I am not 100% sure that a Lexan windshield would pass inspection up here, but otherwise, this looks like a lot of fun for $3500.

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    1. It's standard type 1 front suspension. Ball joints, so '65 or later. Converted to disc brakes and trailing arms have been plated with GOOOLD! (in my best Tiff Needell voice)...

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    2. Thanks CFlo, I did not know about the evolution to ball joints. It was the absence of kingpins that prompted my initial speculation. I have learned something useful today. So now may I be excused?

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    3. No excuse required! My autoidiot savant services are offered on DT with no strings attached. Being able to type out replies like the above is theraputic for me. The DT Radio Show was a good outlet too, but sadly that ended, so I'm stuck with chiming in during conversations with this type of automotive trivia, and commenting on DT and forums.

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    4. Sorry, my joke fell flat. I meant it as "Teacher, I just learned something useful. So may I be excused from class now?"

      Actually, the main reason I hang around DT is that I learn from people who have experience with some of the cars that are featured. I never adopted the "serial monogamy" approach to car ownership that allows some folks to have driven scores of different makes and models over the years. Once I decide to adopt a scruffy mutt, it tends to stay with me until the end.

      So I like hearing from someone who can tell the generation of the VW donor just be glancing at the underbody shot! Thanks again CFlo.

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  3. Change the paint and get rid of that shit behind the back tires and it wouldn't be half bad.

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  4. Agreed on the tail section. It goes from euro-cool to Drunk Uncle design from the rear wheels back. Still a head turner though.

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  5. Stuff three flat sixes in there and you would really have something unique!

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  6. I got a feeling that Stan might get triggered by that analogy. Standing by with popcorn.

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  7. Three flat sixes ain't unique.

    Where I grew up, you'd find that in the back of most pick ups...

    [image src="https://photos.smugmug.com/Old-Cars-and-Trucks-1/Cars/i-3rWWdVk/1/db27666b/S/Old_Ford_Trk_Beer_Cans-S.jpg" width="400px"/]

    -Stan (...who loves a great cocktail. And a great car. But keeps them separated. Oil and Alcohol aren't healthy when consumed together...)

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  8. I've been looking for the other one to complete my pair.
    [image src="https://i.pinimg.com/736x/a7/2e/82/a72e82fbe37fbe64e2e6ce0a51bd15c7--red-high-heel-shoes-red-shoes.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  9. ...with sole music (playing through 3-way sneakers)...

    -Stan (yeah, that guy...)

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