Haha. It's a 26 year old factory built car 1700 BDR Cosworth HPC. I was once again pulling your leg. In the Caterham world it's a classic. To many just a kit. Once again beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
The cars a time warp as it's been in storage for all it's life and never run in anger. Very few miles.
It's a bit of a reverse kit now though as I've virtually taken it apart. Parts strewn everywhere. In the cellar, the kitchen, and across the garage floor. Really enjoying myself, (Wife's not!) but it'll grind to a halt until the autumn soon as I'm busy with other things. No rush though. I'll get it registered next year sometime.
When I get it done I'll bring it over and give you a fright with it!
I can honestly see why people do kits and conversions. It's always a pleasure to have something to tinker with in the garage. Sitting watching the TV I find as dull as can be. The feeling of satisfaction you'd get at putting all those bits together is a mighty good "High!".
Also one mans meat is another mans poison, and although we might not care for a "Z8 Kit" if it gives someone pleasure who's to argue. I'd love to see someone do it. Nice cars are nice cars. If they paint it silver we could run a spot the difference competition.
Well said Nick, I've been following this thread with interest whilst I'm off work with a very bad ear infection. The Z4 at the top isn't really a kit car but it is very modified to say the least. Personally I like the look of it because I know fullwell that I will never be able to afford a Z8 without being selfish and selling the Florida villa ( fat chance of that happening) so it would be fairly close to the look of the real thing.
IT's not pretending to be something it isn't so I don't see the harm it does. Seems strange that the same type of cars seen on here recently haven't provoked the same discussion.
My opinion only, one of many differing ones. Harry Callahan once said " Opinions are like ar......les, everyone's got one."
Certainly not worth falling out over.
The Caterham looks like an awesome bit of fun Nick.
the only problem in owning a car like a z8 is you would be too terrified to get it out of the garage, what if a bird crapped on it, or you pick up a trolley ding or worse, the kit needs wire wheels then it would look flippin ace, i like kitcars anyhow so i am biased.
What you really need is a Z3 kit for a Z4 then you can have the more modern platform and niceties in a retro beautiful body which make a nice daily. (Then when you really fancy a proper drive you can get the real Z3 out the garage on the weekened(!)
I like this but would prefer a 'tribute' Z8 that takes the best bits (like the rear, front of Z8 could be more beautiful I think) and make its own rather than exact copy. Not that anyone can remember what an actual Z8 looks like in the wild, I've only ever seen one in the wild (in Harrietsham Kent). I've actually seen more Pagani Zondas and Koeniseggs than Z8s!
Stop the press...new body kit just unveiled, it is based on a BMW Z3 as a donor...and will transform any BMW Z3 into a replica of a BMW Z3...This should please the purists, expecting lots of sales of this...pictures below of the first one...