The Truth About Cars » Kit Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:27:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Kit Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com I Must Say, Sir, Your Ferrari 360 Sounds Suspiciously Like A Toyota http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/i-must-say-sir-your-ferrari-360-sounds-suspiciously-like-a-toyota/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/i-must-say-sir-your-ferrari-360-sounds-suspiciously-like-a-toyota/#comments Thu, 17 May 2012 14:52:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=444831

Perhaps inspired by my recent TTAC fiction piece The little death, I was idly shopping for 360 Modenas on eBay this morning when I came across this little gem. Obviously, it’s not a real 360… but it’s not THAT bad, right?

The “360″ was built from a final-generation Toyota MR2 and can be yours for $18,900. According to the moderator of one of the kit-car boards I’ve read, the builder was supposedly “pressured by Ferrari” to stop making them. My guess is that Ferrari’s attorneys sent him a boilerplate letter telling him not to use the Prancing Horse, but perhaps the company is still smarting over that whole first-two-seasons-of-Miami-Vice deal. Hard to say.

Still, given that the cheapest 360 eBay currently has is likely to pull about forty-nine thousand dollars, there’s clearly a savings involved with driving a Toyota Modena. And before anybody asks, $49K is still too much for that “real” one. Everything about it, from the all-season tires to the wear patterns on the interior, screams “$25,000 worth of deferred maintenance”. Better to drop eighty or ninety on a nice one… and as long as you don’t expect to outrun a new Mustang GT, you’re lookin’ good!

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Mastretta MXT: Neither Lazy, Feckless Nor Flatulent http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/mastretta-mxt-neither-lazy-feckless-nor-flatulant/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/mastretta-mxt-neither-lazy-feckless-nor-flatulant/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:36:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419062

The Mastretta MXT is not very well-known outside of Top Gear buffs who recall Jeremy Clarkson giving the MXT an incredibly hard time for its Mexican heritage. Of course we all know Jeremy is a shock jock more than a motor head these days, so his opinion aside the MXT slots in right behind the Doking as one the more interesting cars on display in Los Angeles. The MXT is the first sports car designed and built-in Mexico, but rather than trying to dethrone Corvette or Mustang, Mastretta is going for the niche market of small, light kit cars. Yes, kit cars. At least north of the border…

You see, the company doesn’t have the funds to make the MXT pass all the safety standards in the USA and we don’t have the legal exemptions available on our side of the pond to allow them to sell low volume specialty cars like they do in Europe. So, if you want one, the fibreglass shell and extruded aluminum chassis will arrive fully assembled with two seats and a radio, all you have to do is un-crate the Ford-sourced engine and transmission, drop them in the rear and crank a few bolts. Of course, I’d take the extra step of removing the fibreglass body and driving down the highway Ariel Atom style, but that’s just me. Shoppers wanting this hot tamale don’t have long to wait with production supposedly underway with shipments starting in the first quarter 2012. Pricing? A moving target that started at $55,000 USD and now is in the $60,000-$65,000 ballpark. Not pocket change, but neither is that Lotus. (But at least the Lotus will at least arrive fully assembled.)

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