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    The AC Cobras have never really interested me that much. They aren't an overly attractive car. Dave Porter (of 18' foot skiff fame - he was world champion in the 60's with my mate Bazza, then later as a propellor maker) has a nice one that I've had a look at. We get a lot of them running around my local area on weekend runs.

    What does interest me is the Jaguar replicas in the UK. You don't see many here... but a nice C, D or XK13 replica would be fabulous... if I could fit into one.



    This site has some interesting options... but many of the links are dead

    http://www.twrreplicas.com/index.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bigfella View Post
    The AC Cobras have never really interested me that much. They aren't an overly attractive car. Dave Porter (of 18' foot skiff fame - he was world champion in the 60's with my mate Bazza, then later as a propellor maker) has a nice one that I've had a look at. We get a lot of them running around my local area on weekend runs.

    What does interest me is the Jaguar replicas in the UK. You don't see many here... but a nice C, D or XK13 replica would be fabulous... if I could fit into one.



    This site has some interesting options... but many of the links are dead

    http://www.twrreplicas.com/index.html

    Some of the ones coming out of NZ are top notch also.

    http://www.coventry-classics.com/1.htm


    Ian I can not seem to find valid link to Tempero NZ. If I had he money I would have one of their XKSS Jaguars. With one slight aberration being left hand drive. I can drive RHD fine in UK and such but on American roads RHD can be dangerous in terms of blind spots. That is important because I would use it as my daily driver in good weather. I would appreciate anyone giving us a current link to Tempero web site.

    I have to admit my top favorite Jaguar used to be




    THe HWM.


    I don't think very many here are familiar with the actual speed of the XKSS. When Jaguar buit them they took the rear end ratio that gaave 190 mph on LeMans and dropped it to IIRC 148 mph. THat gave the XKSS undrer five second 0-60 mph times back in 1957 no less on skinny tires compared to now. I would have My XKSS set up with more modern wider wheels and tires a but have the tires and the wheels "appear stock".
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    I think the Tempero business was sold or broken up. However one of the principals still makes cars to order.. the last I'm aware of was a P4 destined for some overseas client.

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    http://car-cat.com/firm-851.html

    Tempero seems to have vanished
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    I think the Tempero business was sold or broken up. However one of the principals still makes cars to order.. the last I'm aware of was a P4 destined for some overseas client.

    oh yeah.. here we go.

    and these guys sound like the real deal for C types.

    http://www.coventry-classics.com/1.htm
    I'd love to visit them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    I think the Tempero business was sold or broken up. However one of the principals still makes cars to order.. the last I'm aware of was a P4 destined for some overseas client.
    Yeah - Rod Tempero comes up in Google

    http://www.rodtempero.com/index.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bigfella View Post
    The AC Cobras have never really interested me that much. They aren't an overly attractive car.
    Perhaps a Daytona Coupe then??? expect to pay $5 to $10 million for one of the originals.



    or a couple hundred thousand for replica version

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    Yeah... they made a bit of a name for themselves here a couple of years back when Peter Perfect was killed in one.
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    His coupe was beautiful.



    But the replica's name was made by the original's accomplishments. . .

    In a two year period it won the following endurance events: Le Mans, Sebring, Daytona, Nurburgring, Monza. In 1965, despite no factory support, it won the World Manufacturer's Championship.
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    The best unusual kit car I ever saw was a Datto 260Z with the glue-on Fezza 250GTO panels... and a nice V8 in the front.

    The roof line on the Datto was perfect for this...

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    Do you know the story about Miami Vice's Ferrari Daytona? It was a replica built on a Corvette chassis. Ferrari was so upset by this that they gave the studio a new Testarossa to use in exchange for not using the replica any longer. . .
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    What about hotrods? Many of them are essentially kitcars these days.

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    how about a "Lotus"?


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    these Speedster replicas were popular for a while.

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    Shay Model A

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    Quote Originally Posted by P-man View Post
    these Speedster replicas were popular for a while.

    I love those speedster replicas.

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    GT40

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    Back in the '70s, we had a family in the I-14 fleet - Father, Son, and Daughter all campaigned their own boats. In addition, between the 3 of them, they owned a fairly sizable fleet of these things - most of them in running condition.



    Whenever tooling around town with one of them, the image of getting gassed and whisked off to "The Village" was was a constant companion!
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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    BIL's car from 2007.





    I saw a video of it running the other day but its still not on the road.
    My guess this is a late 50's Berkley. I don't recognize the engine but early Berkleys used motorcycle engines. There were and maybe still are classes for cycle powered race cars. It was an inexpensive way to get a "real" sports car and get into racing.
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    It's an Excelsior engine IIRC.

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    On that 2007 trip ( down to Wellington) I had a look at his old bike at the same time. Some will remember the thread




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    Well spotted on the excelsior....

    In its native habitat


    I though it might have been a Villiers 2T as this found its way into a number of minicars....

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    I didn't spot it actually , I wouldn't know one if it bit me. I just recalled the name being mentioned when we were talking about the Berkley and watching the video of it running a couple of weeks ago.

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    Another I've always liked is the Porsche RS / RSK replicas. Good for a VW Beetle pan... which, as we know, will take a range of engines much gruntier than the original Porsche stuff.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    And 962 replicas. . .

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    ^erk!

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    ERK can refer to:


    Erk may refer to :

    • Erk (party), a Muslim socialist organisation active in Bashkiria, Bukhara and Turkestan from 1919 to 1921
    • Erk/Liberty Democratic Party, a political party in Uzbekistan
    • Erk Russell, a former American football coach for Georgia Southern University
    • Erk, an AC 2 or Aircraftsman, i.e. a Royal Air Force ground crew, in British slang
    • Erk, a mage from Fire Emblem for the Game Boy Advance
    • Edmund Frederick Erk (18721953), a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
    • Kutlay Erk, a former mayor of the Turkish Cypriot part of the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia
    • South Efate language ISO 639-3 code, a language spoken on the island of Efate in central Vanuatu
    • Efek Rumah Kaca, Indonesian indie band

    ???
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    ^ none of the above. An expression of being impressed/ intimidated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purri View Post
    ^ none of the above. An expression of being impressed/ intimidated.
    Oh. . .

    Powering the 962 is the same 2994cc water-cooled Porsche flat-six found in the race car. A pair of intercooled KKK turbochargers are employed and the engine has 'softer' cams for more tractable driving. Thanks to racing catalytic convertors and Bosch Motronic 1.7 engine management, the 962 meets European emissions regulations. Attached to the engine is a unique transmission that uses the normal 962 manual box and clutch. But instead of using a gear lever, the driver select ratios via the Tiptronic S style knobs on the steering wheel.
    At 1080kg, the 962LM may weigh around 180kg more than the 962 racecar, but its power-to weight ratio is still better than the McLaren F1's. In a drag start, 0-60mph takes around 2.6 seconds in first gear! Five seconds later you have doubled your speed again. Ultimately a shade over 250mph is possible. A top speed test was conducted on the Ehra-Leissen VW test track, where 404.6 kph was achieved.
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    That could be fun. Almost as fast as a half decent motorbike.
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    Berkeley? Here's a photo of my dad and me circa 1960 in his two cylinder model, not the high performance three cylinder. No matter, it was great fun.



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    C'mon... someone has to post a photo of a Lightburn Zeta
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    Oh, OK... if you insist. Lightburn were a washing machine manufacturer IIRC, who decided to diversify into cars

    This is the Lightburn Zeta Sports. The normal Zeta is too ugly to show here.

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    If Darth Vader drove a car ......

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    And 962 replicas. . .

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