When it comes to kit cars, we all know that they are usually produced in extremely small quantities. Today we will talk about such an unusual 1981 Aquila car, which actually looks quite sporty.
On the surface, this car looks like a very expensive supercar that owners of gold mines or Arab sheikhs fed in oil fields could afford, but in reality this is not so. “Supercar” could be assembled in your own garage.
Aquila GT, this is the name of this car, and I would not be surprised if you see it now for the first time in your life. This is one of the rarest cars in the world, produced in an edition of 150 copies, and the most interesting thing is that only a couple of such cars were assembled at the factory that produced them. Purely for exhibitions, promotional photo shoots and similar events. Buyers assembled all other cars in their garages with their own hands. The machine is such a constructor for adult boys, and some girls who also like to turn nuts in their spare time.
The basis for the Aquila GT was the good old VW Beetle, of course the first generation, so you should not expect any super-performance in terms of speed, dynamics and handling from the car. Any 30 year old truck will overtake this “sports car” without much effort.
Sami judge what dynamics a 45-horsepower 1.2-liter carburetor engine can give, along with a four-speed gearbox. Rumor has it that some people who assembled such a constructor installed a more powerful engine from a Chevrolet Corvair, after which the car turned from a sleeping turtle into something that really resembled the GT class.
However, the most important thing here is a spectacular appearance. The body is made of fiberglass. Boat hulls and even the thresholds of some old BMWs are made using the same technology, which sellers will certainly say that they are still in their native metal. The doors open like the legendary gullwings, but not too high.
Sneaking into this car doesn't seem very convenient. You will have to bend with the letter sic, but the interior is gorgeous. It really reminds me of the supercars of the seventies.
B at the end – a few words about the manufacturer. Aquila was produced by a small company called American Fiber Craft from California, who also made hulls for small boats, various fiberglass body kits and similar products.
Things weren't going well , and hopes that the release of a kit car will fix them did not materialize. In the mid-eighties, the company ceased to exist, but these handicrafts from time to time appear on the secondary market for quite modest money.