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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-15-2004 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
I spotted this GT-40 kit car for sale:

http://www.autosportdesigns.com/Sales/photopage.asp?ID=475

1966 FORD GT-40 MK1 BY CAV
Titanium Silver with with Black leather interior, 606 miles from new, Ford V-8 302 c.i.d. with single Holley 4-barrel carburetor mated to a Getrag 5-speed gearbox, exhaust is stainless steel original pattern “Bundle of Snakes’ eight branch header system with two collectors, mufflers and stainless steel heat shield. This GT40 has been equipped with original type Halibrand alloy pin drive wheels with centre knock-off hub, front 8" x 15" and rear 10" x 15, full leather upholstery with original styled cockpit layout, wool carpeting, adjustable seats fore & aft, adjustable pedal box for tall drivers and last, but no least air conditioning for driver and passenger comfort. Only 130 Ford GT40s were ever made. Although almost all survived the rigours of the race track, each one is now worth a not-so-small fortune, putting it beyond the reach of many would-be owners. It is for this reason that production began of a series of skillfully conceived replicas, some of which are of such accuracy that it is often difficult to distinguish them from the originals. The CAV GT is such a vehicle. Today, CAV manufactures the GT in homage to the original. In body, the GT is faithful to the original GT40 design as far as possible. But the truth is that the Le Mans cars were constructed from materials only intended to last a functional racing season or two. In addition, comfort in a racing car was not a high priority – it was about speed, not pleasure. It is admitted that CAV have deviated from Ford’s original design – but only to make the car more comfortable, more technically current and safer on the road. In mind, however, the GT is as faithful to its namesake down to the very last curve. You just have to see one to understand. Put your foot flat and you’ll see the other side of 100 miles per hour in 9.5 seconds with little effort. You’ll do the first 60 miles per hour of those in just over 4 seconds if you try. Remarkably – and surprisingly –this was faster than a 1960s Formula 1 car in a straight line. Since then, however, overall performance has improved, as CAV have modernised the GT’s suspension and braking system, bringing them in line with 21st century technology. Own a piece of recreated history…………………………………
$74,000.00

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TomP
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posted 01-18-2004 12:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP        Reply w/Quote
That car is just screaming for 4 Webers!

Very nice.

Daniel Jones
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posted 01-22-2004 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Jones        Reply w/Quote
CAV stands for Capetown Advanced Vehicles and is based in Capetown, South Africa. They are following Superformance's formula, providing a high quality roller replica that is exported to dealer's in the U.S. without engine or transmission. Dealers or there customers can install drivetrain. Usual transaxle is an Audi but a ZF may be installed as well. BTW, Shelby's CSX4000 fiberglass Cobra manufacturing has recently moved to South Africa. The company doing the Shelbys is associated with CAV.

A friend was close to buying a CAV GT40 recently but ended up with a Pantera instead. Do you have any specific questions. If so, I'll forward them on.

Dan Jones

Fastymz
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posted 01-22-2004 08:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz        Reply w/Quote
Very COOL car, I'd love to the look in a ricer face when that car comes up on him.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-23-2004 09:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Daniel Jones:
Do you have any specific questions. If so, I'll forward them on.

Not really, I just was wondering what the background was, which you provided well. Thank you.

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seaweed
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From: MA.
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posted 05-07-2004 05:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for seaweed        Reply w/Quote
There's one in your backyard,over in New Hampshire he has built 2 daytona coupes & GT 40.which is a CAV.---S.

Daniel Jones
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posted 05-07-2004 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Jones        Reply w/Quote
Apparently CAV has folded. Not sure of the status with the fiberglass Shelby replicas that were going to be made in South Africa as a joint venture with CAV. Superformance is working on a GT40 replica. Interesting times in the Cobra replica market as Kirkham (the best Cobra replica on the market, IMHO) is bringing out a fiberglass body "Cobra in a box". Basically everything needed, including nuts and bolts, except for engine, driveshaft, transmission, and paint. The first beta testers get in on the deal for $25K. Not bad at all.

Dan Jones

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