Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Ford GT-40 Replica: 1969 FT Bonito Kit Car by Fiberfab

The world of GT-40 replicars runs the gambit from atrocity to travesty, but in this next car we might have found a bit of a gem.  The FT Bonito was sold as a kit by Fiberfab and sold mostly in Germany and the Netherlands according to various furrin language websites. The FT used a VW Beetle chassis and a polyester body styled to look 2 parts GT-40 and one part Opel Manta.  Find this 1969 Ford GT-40 FT Bonito Replica by Fiberfab offered for $10,000 in Rancho Cordova, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


From the seller:

1969 FT Bonito 
VIN: 1102041081 
condition: fair 
cylinders: 6 cylinders 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
paint color: custom 
size: mid-size 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
type: other 
Title: GT-40 Replica



Build in 1979 in the Netherlands and successfully imported into the US in 1980. This is the only GT-40 replica in the US approved for the road. No smog required. Engine is Ford V6 2 liter, transmission is Porsche 911, 5 speed. Chassis: VW with sub frame to support heavy Ford engine and full length chassis support beams for added stiffness. Shocks: Monroe Load Adjusters. Audio: Blaupunkt Stereo AM, FM, Tape. Engine is completely topped off with oil for preservation. 



Wheels are ATS, magnesium with steel cores, 15". Interior upholstery is hand sewn. Body entirely hand laid fiberglass with carbon fiber cords around wheel wells, windows and door jams. The build of this car started in June 1977 and was completed in June of 1979. It was tested by the Dutch government to the same level as factory cars with the exception of crash testing of course. Passed with flying colors. Was imported into the US in California in 1980, passed EPA and all US safety standards after some minor modification.

VIN 1102041081


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8 comments:

  1. It doesn't resemble the GT40 all that closely - especially not from behind - but it's not bad looking in its own right. I wonder if it will accept other Cologne family V6s like the Explorer 4.0?

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  2. Do you know the meaning of the word Replica? 2 parts GT-40? how about 1/16 of 1 part.

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  3. ¡no esta Bonito!
    ¡esta muy Feo!

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  4. "A smaller relative of the tunas, with dark oblique stripes on the back and important as a food and game fish."

    Not as bad as a GT40 nose, Mustang greenhouse, and Camaro tail might look really.

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    1. Bonita were running last weekend, as a matter of fact.

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  5. I wish there were more kit cars made for V-8s. I don't get the attraction of having a car that looks like a GT40 or Ferarri but has 17.35 horsepower.

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  6. Back when it was made, you could get a frame from Fiberfab that was prepped for a Corvair engine for $495.

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