You could build just about anything from a Volkswagen Beetle floor pan and a fiberglass body kit, mainly dune buggies, ersatz Porsche Speedsters and the occasional sports car, such as the Pick of the Day, a 1976 Bradley GT.
These kit cars were quite popular in the late ’60s and ’70s, with many backyard mechanics trying their hand at building their own exotic-looking creations. I had a friend back then whose older cousin, a VW hobbyist, was laboring away on his Bradley GT. I never did see a finished product.
But here we have a completed Bradley GT that until recently was owned by an Air Force colonel, according to the Cadillac, Michigan, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. The car is an original period build, the seller says, that was well-cared for.
“The car was always garaged kept and upgraded to four-wheel disc brakes, and the engine is totally rebuilt with less than 50 miles on the car,” the seller says. “The body is in great shape with original stripes and graphics.”
These GTs were notable for their trendy gullwing doors, which were also notable for rattling, shaking and coming loose. Like most Bradley GTs you see these days, the doors are removed, making the car a T-top convertible. The removable doors and an uninstalled center console are included in the sale, according to the ad.
The engine is a Volkswagen 1,600cc, dual-port flat-4 that was recently rebuilt by a professional VW mechanic, and it has just 50 break-in miles, the seller notes.
“Everything works! All the gauges including the tach, all the lights, wipers, horn and turn signals,” the ad says. “The clutch is brand new, brakes are great and transaxle shifts as it should.
“The car has great-looking wheels and tires, and is a ton of fun to drive.”
With their lightweight fiberglass bodies, Bradley GTs can be quite quick and fly through corners due their low centers of gravity. This one looks very clean and, as noted, should be a blast to drive. The VW drivetrain ensures reliability and easy maintenance.
Bradley GTs were always a poor man’s exotic sports car, and this example is affordably priced at just $9,195.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.