By on September 23, 2018

Do you ever feel there just aren’t enough purpose-built racing cars that can also be driven on the road? Well, Consulier yourself with today’s Rare Ride.

Ugh.

The Consulier marque was created in 1985 by Warren Mosler. Mr. Mosler was a hedge fund manager at the time, watching over $5 billion of other people’s money. Wanting to head in the opposite direction from the easy money, he created a car firm. Consulier Industries was its name, and the GTP was its first vehicle.

Starting production the same year the company was founded, the GTP was an original mid-engine, rear-drive design. The custom chassis underneath was made of a combination of fiberglass and foam, while the shockingly angular body fixed to the chassis was composed of carbon fiber and Kevlar. The GTP was the first vehicle in production to use composites in the body without any metal structural support.

Power was provided via two different Chrysler engines, depending on build date. The earlier versions used the Turbo II 2.2-liter Chrysler engine from sporty K-car based vehicles. This provided the 2,200-pound GTP with 175 horsepower. Later on, the GTP received the updated Turbo III version of the same engine, good for 190 horsepower. It should be noted that the GTP’s power figures are sometimes disputed among Internet Consulier Experts.

Two trim levels were offered: Sport and LX. The Sport version was more stripped-out and intended for track use, while the LX added luxury and convenience features like Alpine audio, power windows, leather seats, and air conditioning.

The GTP proved popular with racing and track day enthusiasts, racing successfully in IMSA for a few years. Actually, the Consulier ended up a bit too competitive, and IMSA took steps to cut its natural advantage. The racing organization first mandated it carry 300 pounds of extra weight, then banned it from IMSA races altogether for 1991.

Consulier would continue producing the GTP in very limited numbers through 1992 or 1993 (disputed). At that point, the company was spun off and renamed Mosler Automotive. Mosler then began production of revised versions of the GTP, carrying names like Intruder and Raptor. Those vehicles featured modified Corvette V8 engines. That lead to a brand new model we’ll see on our next edition of Rare Rides.

Today’s GTP has a totally rad paint scheme, and is the later Turbo III version from 1992. The seller claims it makes over 225 horsepower, and was ordered in pure track specification (though still street legal). With 5,500 miles on the parts bin odometer, the GTP asks $120,000.

[Images: seller]

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25 Comments on “Rare Rides: A Totally Rad Consulier GTP From 1992...”


  • avatar

    That is so beautiful !!

    • 0 avatar
      Vulpine

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To me this is a hacked-together monster that’s trying to offer the best of several different cars and ended up with the worst.

      • 0 avatar
        ToddAtlasF1

        Truth is beauty, and the truth is that Mosler took a K-car engine and built a sports car whose form followed function so closely that he dominated showroom stock racing against the best Porsche and Chevrolet could conceive. This car isn’t trying to resemble anything. It was a pearl cast before swine.

      • 0 avatar
        OneAlpha

        A long time ago, I bought a copy of Kit Car magazine with an article on the GTP’s follow-up, the Intruder.

        The Intruder had an LT1, used Corvette suspension parts and looked even weirder than the GTP.

        I’ll paraphrase the article’s best line as best I can remember it:

        “Warren Mosler built a car company from the ground up, and then a damned fast car from scratch, only to have it criticized for not being as shapely as Cindy Crawford, by people who’d probably have great difficulty building a birdhouse.”

      • 0 avatar
        raph

        Well the Consulier GTP ultimately led to the MT900 which was a beautiful car (somewhat reminiscent of the McLaren F1) and wicked fast for the time.

    • 0 avatar

      And there’s more next time!

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    This may sound screwy but the body on that thing looks like a modified Porsche 911 or 914 with extended nose and tail. At least, the teaser ¾ front photo makes it look that way.

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus

    Appreciate the interesting Sunday article, Corey. The car itself isn’t for me, but I enjoyed the read.

  • avatar
    JimZ

    the Turbo III was rated at 224 hp from the factory in the Spirit R/T. Why would it only be 190 here?

    • 0 avatar
      Flipper35

      I thought the Turbo III was the Shelby designed VNT and the Turbo IV was the 224hp mill with intercooler and 16 valve heads.

      • 0 avatar
        Middle-Aged (Ex-Miata) Man

        That would make sense, Flipper, except we’re talking about early-90s Chrysler here. The Turbo IV actually preceded the Turbo III by two years, and it was the Turbo III that used the Lotus DOHC 16-valve head. It also carried zero engineering input from Shelby.

        This Consulier has the VNT-equipped Turbo IV onboard.

        • 0 avatar
          cognoscenti

          In the late 80’s and early 90’s I was working on the line at Cars & Concepts in Brighton, MI, which was a tier-1 supplier to the Big Three. The company was started by Dick Chrysler, and its primary claim to fame was that it was the builder and installer of convertible tops for Ford Mustangs. They also built one-off specials, show cars, pace cars for the Indy 500, etc. I had a fun job there around 1990, with the title “Traffic”, which as you may guess meant that I was tasked with driving the cars around and sequencing them onto the production lines. Well, this also meant that I had access to anything that was parked in the fenced lot. They left the cars unlocked and the keys in them all of the time. One of the fun cars I got to take for a spin was a pre-production Dodge Daytona Shelby with the Turbo IV VNT. Since I owned a Mopar Performance modded Shadow Turbo (turbo II) at the time for comparison, it was fun noticing how effective the variable nozzle was at addressing turbo lag. Unfortunately, Chrysler discovered just a little too late that the VNT was not going to be reliable enough for mass production (learned via the Shadow, not the Daytona – Google “Shelby CSX VNT” for more).

          Anyway, long story short I can say from first-hand experience that the Chrysler Turbo IV could hit above its weight class! I still have fond memories of those cars.

        • 0 avatar
          Power6

          The “16-valve” cam cover pictured is a pretty strong indicator this is the Turbo III. Turbo IV was never installed in the Consulier

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    The Consigliere was a car you couldn’t refuse…oh, it’s Consulier, sorry, my bad.

  • avatar
    redapple

    You do know that one could buy a proper 911 for this money.

  • avatar

    Nice car. Thanks for the article, Corey. Looking forward to “part 2”.

  • avatar
    CoastieLenn

    I can’t unsee the Dodge Rampage in the front of this. The fact that it’s Chrysler powered reinforces this.

  • avatar

    I remember these occasionally popping up at Mopar shows in the ’90s.

    If you want a laugh look for an interior shot of one of the later ones with an airbag. They used Caravan steering wheel. Remember how gigantic and clunky those early airbag-equipped wheels were?

  • avatar
    DEVILLE88

    It looks like something out Burn Out Revenge. pretty cool!!!

  • avatar
    skloon

    I have seen a couple of these and the body finish on this one looks much better than the others that had Bradley GT quality finishes, don’t know if it because they had been beat up or they came this way

  • avatar
    bluegoose

    ANOTHER BANNED MOPAR POWERED CAR!!! How many Mopars have been banned in racing? It is obvious that the 300lb weight penalty didn’t slow the cars down. They banned the cars outright.

    I am a fan of these cars. I’ve seen one in person. They have a certain oddness to them…and they were odd…but highly successful on the track.

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