Re: Replica/Kit Makes GT-40 1969 REPLICA AVENGER GT
Back in the late 60's/early 70's there were few replicas made. There were a lot of VW pan builds, b/c that's sorta where the entire hobby started, with the Meyers Manx. I know, there were a few others earlier, but never economically successful.
If you wanted a GT40 "looking" car, you were pretty much limited to the Fiberfab Avenger (VW based) and Valkyrie (mid-engine V8). It was a Valkyrie on a used car lot in Denver, CO that introduced me to the mid-engine/transaxle drivetrain arrangement. 45 years later I'm still fascinated!
My fave was the Ferarri 246 Dino replication marketed by Kelmark (with a couple of others, a Karma and a Magnum, for competition). It was still usually VW based, but the Kelmark company did market a mid-engined V-8 powered version, hooked to an Olds Toronado automatic FWD transaxle...great for straight-line performance, but when you had to turn a corner, perhaps not so great....the Toronado transaxle required that the engine had to be mounted quite high in the chassis.
This version has been "cusomized" to reflect someone's view of what a GT racing car should be...what they did to the back end ought to be criminal, IMHO.
Anyway, I'm always happy to see the search bot bring one of these "oldie but goodie" versions to the forum, if for no other reason that to make me very thankful that modern repklicas are SO much better built and perform better (in many cases better than the originals).
Retired again, but still attempting to age disgracefully
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