If you want something a little different, why not do it yourself? That's what Lincoln Brier thought as he stood there looking at his slightly used Legends racer. The Legends Car Series, if you're not familiar with it, is a class for 5/8 scale fiberglass bodied replicas of the old NASCAR modified racers from quite a few years back. They're powered by a Yamaha FJ1200 engine and come in various body styles like a 37 Chevy or Dodge, 34 Fords in both sedan and coupe versions and I think they look really neat. Wheelbase is 73 inches, they're just over 10 feet long and weigh just 1300 pounds with the driver.
Lincoln had a 34 Ford Sedan looking a little tired after track duty but with a bit of work, he figured it would make a nifty little street car. He added lights and turn signals, mounted rearview mirrors from a Harley Sportster, a horn, radio, rear windows, and a reserve fuel cell activated with a toggle switch. He added an exhaust and muffler and changed rear gears from 3.58 to 2.50.
The car tops out around 90mph due to wind resistance, after all, these have the aerodynamics of a brick, but they're still one helluva lot of fun and they look really cool. Lincoln says the major drawback is only being a single seater and so far, no reverse gear, a common ailment of motorcycle powered cars. That can be remedied for about $1400.
If you think this looks like a project you might like to try, be sure to get a certificate of origin when you buy it, otherwise you can't get it registered. I bet you won't see a lot of these on the street. I like it.
Link: Legends Racing series
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