22 April 2016

Random homebuilt of the week: 1983 Porsche 944/Avenger GT-12

Would a Porsche 944 by another name not run as sweetly? This is your chance to find out. What we have here is a Porsche 944, the same type of car we featured last week, after changing its clothes. It still features the 944’s 2.5-liter straight-four and its five-speed manual gearbox. Additionally, it looks like it’s sporting some Porsche Turbo Twist wheels.

But its new suit is courtesy of Fiberfab, a fiberglass-body, kit-car manufacturer that did business during the 1960s and ‘70s. The Avenger GT-12 was the third iteration of their fiberglass, GT-40 (at least in appearance if not construction) inspired body. While these typically use VW drivetrains, (or whatever an owner has on hand) this one uses the aforementioned Porsche 944 drivetrain.

It’s curious, because the 944’s engine and trans were longitudinal and Avengers were seemingly designed for a rear-engine layout. Guess you’ll have to sort that out, although a non-functional, protruding intake lives on the hood. Additionally, the stance is hardly what one might expect from a sports car as the body seems to sit on (rather than around) the 944’s frame. Looks like you might need to spend time channeling, if you want to lose the off-roader look.

According to the seller it “RUNS AND DRIVES GREAT NEW PAINT…” The Avenger also includes air conditioning. Unfortunately, there aren’t any interior photos to see if the builder also used the Porsche’s interior. All this Ford-inspired, Porsche-derived awesomeness can be yours for only $5000. Is it worth the price? Or is the seller sniffing exhaust?

You can find it near Warren, Mich., here: https://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/cto/5540170859.html

6 Reader Comments

  • 1
    speedy carrera fl April 27, 2016 at 17:15
    looks ready for the paris-dakar rallye!
  • 2
    Lee Witt Midwest April 27, 2016 at 19:55
    I vote for "sniffing exhaust"/
  • 3
    luckless pedestrian north east April 27, 2016 at 20:34
    Sorry, but this is both a waste of a 944 and a (now rare) Avenger body... Looks like a marginally executed high school shop project... the Plasti-Dip paint just adds to the feel... and that thing tacked on to the hood?... really?.... I'm guessing its going to get much worse as one looks underneath. Hate to be negative... but....
  • 4
    Joe Central VA April 27, 2016 at 21:17
    Be nice if 1) it were another color and 2) it lost the non-functional intake on the hood. It even looks crooked in the photos. Is that velcro I see, holding it on? On second thought, it would be nice if 3) It had never happened. I'll take a 944 please.
  • 5
    RJM Aptos, CA April 28, 2016 at 14:00
    The wheel base needs about two more inches to look correct. The rear tires are too close to the front of the fender well, and as stated the body sits too high on the frame. Very close to nice, but still needs a few $K to get it right.
  • 6
    James Burns Jr Iola, WI July 20, 2016 at 13:26
    Is this all that your so called authors can write? why feel high and mighty enough to bash other people's builds? This is ridiculous. What is happening here?

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