I do have more photos but I don't seem to be able to add them to a post. Saajeev, THANKS for posting this - could I perhaps send a file of more photos directly to you to add? The front and rear bodywork are fiber-glass; the rest of the body (and the FLOOR) were thin aluminum. I have most of the old bits. There is a brace that bolts to the top of the roll bar and goes back to the rear frame for support. If it has any provenance, I would like to see it preserved - might even restore it myself when I finish the Bugeye Sprite I'm working on.
The 4 bolt wheels make it seem like an early Devin. I'm thinking early Corvair based front and rear suspension. It also looks set up for a mid-engine, wonder if it was a mid-engine Devin, Corvair, Porsche, or VW powered. Then again, someone said Lotus 23C, and thats a strong possibility, too. Just looked at a pic of a Corvair-Genie, it's not that. Also, not a Cheetah. Now I'm more confused than ever! More pix would help a lot.
Great body lines, looks like one of the junior-class road racers of the '60s. Reminiscent of the Coopers. May have had side-hung fuel tanks. I don't see any triangulation of the rollover hoop, and the triangulation of the dash bulkhead between the upper & lower longitudinal tubes is not properly done, but that wasn't uncommon back then. So, not necessarily home-made. Too cool to cut up & destroy - hopefully there's some paperwork yet to be found ?
Ever see Steve McQueen in the movie "Thomas Crown Affair"? He and Faye Dunaway rode a dune buggy around the beach. It was NOT your ordinary dune buggy. The first thing I thought of when I saw this issue's photograph was that machine. Looks just like it. Gotta watch the movie tonight too see.
The bolt pattern and the large castle nut on the back axle make me think VW. It also looks a lot like a Vokaro kit car. Without the relatively tall VW engine back there the back may have been cut down, whether it's a Vokaro or something else. Some kits were VW based and some had their own tube chassis with VW components so they weren't limited to the archaic 1930s VW suspension.
Is this the first article with comments fixed? It makes sense to wait for that capability before releasing this one!
Sorry, Sajeev, if your friend wants help, They are going to have to offer up a lot more information than that one side view of the car. Views are needed from all sides, top and underneath the body. Do they have the rest of the body panels & if so, what do they look like? What is the wheelbase (it looks awfully short)? What part of the country did they find it? It appears to have front disks and 4-bolt wheels - any idea of what the calipers are? The car has some good lines from the side. It would be a shame to cut it up. To vintage race it in any legitimate series, it appears they will have to upgrade the car fairly significantly to meet current safety requirements, even for vintage races. I wish them luck. It is a cool car.
It's a safe bet that this is just one of the thousands of backyard racers that were built by anyone and everyone, most of which were built on a tight budget and were more-or-less disposable or parted out for their next build. Of course, if some finds a picture of Juan Manuel Fangio sitting in it, I reserve the right to amend my post.
Just spitballing here, but it actually looks like one of the dune buggy kits that you could have purchased from the back pages of Hot Rod magazine back in the 60’s or 70’s and modified to take the Cooper engine versus the VW flat four.
May be a Landar. They were a 70's small bore British sports racer powered by a mini powerplant. Team Spreen Racing out of Hackensack NJ had one. Ed Spreen was the 1969 C Sedan National Champion in his Mini. His car now resides at 7 Enterprises in CA
Could be but a landar butdoesn't look quite right in the rear quarter. not sure if there is enough body in the tail for the big rear tires and ithey appear longer and lower slung. This link has some pix if it works for you. Scroll down the list of race cars and you can see a number of Landar 6 & 7 pictures and info. https://maximummini.blogspot.com/
Has a strong resemblance to an Elva Mk 75. The steering wheel appears to be on the right and the body could be fiberglass. The roll hoop is missing the diagonal back brace, so it could just be a rough copy of the British racer. Need to see more of it to know for sure.
The front and rear of the car's body, what there is of it, doesn't look like its integral; in other words, it looks like to sections of two cars put together. Tires are suspicious, too big. And I assume the front of the car is sitting on the tires. Or something. It looks like right hand drive which would imply British or Japanese, but I don't think so. It's a mystery for sure; there were many American fiberglass/metal independent manufacterers some just making very few of their output while others with stronger financial backing survived for a while. Or had better lawyers. i wish the owner well and the only thing I can think of to do is take the body off what chassis there is and start from there.
Categories above shall conform to the International F.I.A. Displacement Classes, as modified below: Class Total Piston Displacement in CC’s A Over 5,500 cc (must run Unrestricted) B 5,000 – 5,500 C 3,000 – 5,000 D 2,000 – 3,000 E 1,500 – 2,000 F 1,100 – 1,500 G 750 – 1,100 H 500 – 750 I 350 – 500 J Under 350
This particular body shape recalls to me what I think was D sports racing and they were very fast and raced in some cases in multiple class race configuration depending on number of entries . It was a much larger class and raced amount their own more and the National Runoffs held here in Atlanta Ga. at Road Atlanta. Those were the days , those were the days .