Now that you've gone to the web sites, I'd recommend that you stay away from the Perry Design. Although it has "some" merits, its design is vastly different from a Beck or Vintage. The advantage of a Beck or Vintage is the engine/trans placement and handling.
In addition, the Beck and Vintage more closely resemble the original 550 Porsche design, the Perry, when placed next to a Beck or Vintage sticks out like a sore thumb.
If you choose a Vintage, plan on at least a 1 year wait. If you choose a Beck, they can usually deliver within 2 months. Beck utilizes the standard torsion bar rear suspension with a swing axle, Vintage uses a "dunebuggy" style rear trailing arm with a coil over shock and swing axle. Regardless of what people say, the Vintage is not a better system, only different. The trailing arm/coilover system has been used by dunebuggy manufacturers for years and was developed mainly when they started building mid=engine cars. ironically, it was also done to add more positive camber (detrimental to a street car) for added ground clearance. Vintage uses a little bit more steel in their frame than does Beck. Both cars have the same swing axle dilemma, that is, both cars are subject to positive camber during hard cornering. Both cars are extremely fun to drive and depending on who you talk with, those that own a Vintage swear by their car and those that own a Beck swear by their cars as well. Kind of like "Ford vs Chevy"
I purchased a 1 year old used Beck, however I did look at the Vintage when I was contemplating my purchase. Had I had found a used Vintage prior to finding the Beck, I would have purchased it. Each has their good and bad qualities and each can be customized to the owners taste. Good luck during your selection.
ps, Beck is in Baldwin Park, CA (866) 842-2325, Vintage is in Orange, CA (714) 538-6550 and Perry is in Corona, (909) 279-6198 (not sure if this phone # is correct) All three manufactureres are within a 40 mile radius of each other.
(Message Edited 8/16/2003 10:27:01 AM)