We were taken aback when we saw the headline on the classified advertisement on ClassicCars.com: 1967 Ford GT40 in Long Beach, California, being advertised for sale for $50,000.
Something’s funny, we thought, and we knew we were right as soon as we saw the top photo, which shows what appears to be a Ford GT40 but dressed up like Lightning McQueen from the Cars movie.
Turns out this, our Pick of the Day, is a GT40 “kit car,” an Avenger GT made up as a movie replica.
In the 1960s and early ’70s, Fiberfab produced kit-car bodies, including those inspired by the GT40 that took on Ferrari at Le Mans.
The private seller points out that the body kit is mounted on a vintage Volkswagen chassis that provides not only 6 more inches of headroom but a second pair of seats so the driver can take along three friends; can’t you see the neighborhood children waiting impatiently in line for their rides?
The private seller says the car has a rebuilt 1,600cc engine with new carburetor, ignition, wiring and updated fuse panel and high-end Odyssey battery. The car has Octane Lighting Red Halo head lamps and LED turn signals and tail lights. An electronic parking brake has been installed.
The interior is new with four lowered black bucket seats with Red Crow racing belts and a roll bar.
The paint is a custom mix by Hot Paint Restorations.
“Yes, I mixed 1/2 gallon of extra color and (it) comes with the car,” the seller points out, adding that the air gills on the hood came off a new Chevrolet Camaro SS.
“We love taking this car to car shows and doing pace laps on race tracks to hep start races at Irwindale Speedway,” the seller adds.