By Dean Larson

Photos: Seller, Craigslist

The Fiberfab Jamaican is one of my favorite DIY “kit cars” of the 1960s. Unlike most of the kits of the day, the Jamaican was designed as an exotic front-engine, rear-drive super coupe, rather than a mid-engine coupe. Its long hood and aerodynamic profile echoed pricey European designs from Ferrari, like the 275 GTB, and Maserati’s Ghibli. Oddly enough, it was actually the mid-engine Lamborghini Miura that the Jamaican took most of its inspiration from, and it only takes a second glance to see the resemblance in the tail, rear windshield and door profile.

Fiberfab started production of the Jamaican in 1968, and roughly 250 to 300 bodies were built in all. The car was available in different configurations for its intended donor cars, which included MGs, VWs, Triumphs and Austin-Healeys. The rare Jamaican II was also built by Fiberfab in small numbers, utilizing a Fiberfab designed chassis set up for American V8 engines.

The seller of this Jamaican body on Craigslist explains that the body has never been completely constructed, other than being bolted to a VW pan in the past. In addition to the fiberglass bodywork, which appears to be in good condition, the seller also has latches, hinges and glass for the doors, along with a rear windshield. The latter item is a nice bonus, as the rear glass must be sourced from a 1960s Porsche 911. With no mention of a windshield, we’ll assume you’ll have to source your own Corvette C2 windshield for the project.

Looking at the cut line in rear of the fiberglass body, you can see that it was either set up for the rear-engine VW chassis from the factory, or modified to fit it at some point. If you had a front-engine donor chassis in mind, glassing this rear section shut should be fairly simple.

Personally, I’d love to see this car completed with a “big Healey” donor car with wire wheels and a Healey six-cylinder engine. Fiberfab’s promotional materials often showed a Jamaican built to this specification, and it has exotic looks and smart appearance.

The seller is located in Herman, Minnesota, and is asking $2,500 for the lot. See the seller’s ad here on Fargo Craigslist.