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