Help Identify this Mystery Kit

Posted September 24, 2019

By Dean Larson

Photos: Seller, eBay

I’ll go out on a limb and say that the kit car community is probably one of the most united and inclusive groups in the car hobby. With publications like ours, build blogs and a handful of worldwide Facebook groups, information is always within reach. But every so often, we still come across a fiberglass find that has us stumped, and we’re not the only ones. An owner in Hortonville, Wisconsin, inherited this mysterious fiberglass coupe and was looking for any information on its origins. See the original post here on Facebook, and the car is also for sale here on eBay.

There’s really a unique combination of factors at work here; a big, boxy chassis, obscure fiberglass bodywork and a BMW M10 four-cylinder. It’s also clear that a decent amount of metalwork and reinforcement went into the bodywork, evidenced by the metal surrounding the trunk opening and the wild homebrewed fuel tank.

The car is in quite a state of disrepair though, clearly after sitting for some time under a tarp. Its shape reminds us something of a Jaguar E-Type, combined with a Healey and all the quirks of a Marcos. It’s clear that the car originally had a regular hood opening, which has now been glassed shut in favor of a tilt-front arrangement. The hood also received a scoop, possibly for some type of exotic intake on the M-10, but these modifications are all in rough shape as well.

But of course none of that gets us any closer to a positive I.D., which could help the seller market the car. Now it could be entirely a custom job, which would explain a few things, but I think there’s more to it than that.

The body is fairly uniform, despite some obvious filler lines, and the car has charm from a few angles. Of course, it would take some dedication to get this project back on the road, and there’s no telling what sort of troubles the chassis is hiding.

There could be a sweet little driver hiding in there though, for the person willing to roll the dice. With some wire wheels, and say a Jaguar 4.2-liter, you could have a fun little poor-man’s E-Type.

With six days remaining in the auction, the current high bid is $405. See the owner’s Facebook post here and the listing on eBay here.

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