For $500, Own the Rarest Car You’ve Never Heard Of: For Sale
Back in 1984, British engineer Arthur Birchall pulled together some fiberglass bodies, slapped in a few Morris Mini engines, and built himself a bonafide ‘80s kit car. Does that pique your interest? Either way, now you can own one. Listed for sale on eBay, this is one of his rare creations, a 1984 McCoy kit car – one of just 100 rumored to have been built. RELATED: See Photos of Another British Coupe, the Lotus Exige S
The genesis for the McCoy lies oddly within another kit car maker, the Clan Motor Company. In the early ‘70s, a group of ex-Lotus engineers got together and formed Clan. Their kit car – the Clan Crusader – was based on the running gear of the famed Hillman Imp, though amidst financial strife as well as the ‘70s oil crisis, the company went bust after building only 315 models.
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Fast forward to the ‘80s and Birchall, one of the company’s original founders, revived the brand under the name ‘McCoy.’ He did things a bit differently. Instead of using the running gear from the rear-engine and rear-drive Imp, Birchall sourced the underpinnings of the front-engine and front-drive Mini.
As such, this coupe sports the standard Mini 1.1-liter four-cylinder, good for about 46 horsepower, as well as the necessary body modifications to the original fiberglass mold to allow for the new drive type. Given the small bump in the hood, this appears to be one of the older models.
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Corbeau bucket seats and Luke racing harnesses accompany the Mini’s manual transmission, though we’re not sure how original that pairing might be. The seller believes this car was taken off the road in the early ‘90s due to a charging issue and has been stored in a garage ever since.
Minor rust has permeated the rear sub-frame of the McCoy and a few blemishes dot the otherwise dusty body. Interested? Current bidding rests at a mere £310 ($500).
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