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I refurbished three Bradley GT s. These were my " introduction " into kit cars back in 1990 or so. The first one a dark brown metalflake  Bradley GT-II that had heavy fiberglass doors they would warp along the roof line and have a 1"  opening  when closed , I had to use heat lamps to get it to close somewhat better. Overall a genuine POS.

The two yellow Bradley GT 1's ' shown below were they were surprisingly fast and stable. The first one  I kept for two years it was reliable, water tight and 1915cc powered a steady 75 mph highway was not a problem  I made new gull wing plexiglass doors in a pizza oven after hours at 1:00AM. The second a lighter yellow one I refurbished while I was a Shop Teacher at a At Risk Youth Facility,  in Elton MD. ( That was about 1/3 of the shop) That one has propane assist 10 ' exhaust flame throwers for Cruise Nights  a bit silly but fun ~

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I remember these from the ads in Car and Driver back in the 1970s.

Here's a Wikipedia article that explains more than you probably want to know about them, although you should at least read down until you get to the phrase 'consumer fraud'.

The car has carved out a significant niche in automotive history because it appears most of the terrible things people think of when they hear the term 'kit car' began right here.

I guess it's no surprise that Liberace owned one, finished in gold metal-flake:

 

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@WNGD : based on the observation of one being free on the Samba I’d say they are only worth what the prospective owner wants to pay...even if it’s ZERO!

@Sacto Mitch : I read the Wikipedia article and, until today, had no idea the level of fraud associated to those cars.  Nor did I know a number of employees left Bradley to work for Fiberfab...

Eirher way, the cars are certainly unique.

And all this time I thought it was a Bradley GT used in the TV show “Hardcastle and McCormick”!

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@WNGD : based on the observation of one being free on the Samba I’d say they are only worth what the prospective owner wants to pay...even if it’s ZERO!

@Sacto Mitch : I read the Wikipedia article and, until today, had no idea the level of fraud associated to those cars.  Nor did I know a number of employees left Bradley to work for Fiberfab...

Eirher way, the cars are certainly unique.

And all this time I thought it was a Bradley GT used in the TV show “Hardcastle and McCormick”!

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Au contraire my good friend. That was a Coyote X. And that was a much better looking car than the Bradley. I watched the show just because of the car and I wanted one in such a bad way but never satisfied that desire.

In Season 2 and Season 3 they used a different car because Brian Keith couldn't get in to the car.

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@DannyP posted:

I always thought it was just a Manta Montage, taking cues from several 60s Can-Am racers.

When I was little I wanted a Bradley GT, then the GT II. Then I was looking at a Vokaro on a full-length pan. I ate up every article on every kit. Then I saw a Spyder and it was all over. 

Yeah, that was pretty much me, too. Although I was into Manxes as well. 

 

Outside of Spyders and Speedsters, I've only seen 4-5 "kit cars" that were done well. (And I have to admit I've seen a couple of atrocious CMC Speedsters)

IMO, it's 90% ride height and wheel/tire combo. I once saw one of those Porsche 917 replicas (Valkyrie??) that sat on a tube frame with BBS wheels, powered by a Pantera-sourced engine trans combo. Phenomenal. Every other one I've seen was an abomination. Last year at one of the car shows, I saw a Manxster that the guy had just finished that was as nice as any kit I've ever seen. 

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Weren’t those things an amalgamation of other car parts?  I seem to remember them needing a windshield from like a 2-year period of Corvette.  Nothing else would fit, and there were a lot of other so-called “easy to find” parts that ain’t all that easy to find anymore.  And there was a BUNCH of stuff like that.  It seemed like just about anything came from a different car and never the same car for two different parts.

Whomever built them had to have been resourceful in their search.

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