Forget Old Jeeps - Buy this Bizarre Rotrax Kit Car
There are some cars that seem to transgress their production lifespan, at home as much in the early ‘60s as they were in the late ‘70s. This, we can say with much positivity, is not one of them. Rather, it’s called the Adams Rotrax. It’s a kit car that is about as early '80s as they come. And we want it badly. Like what you see? It’s for sale on eBay, with bidding currently at £1,021 (around $1,640) and the reserve unmet.
As its name suggests, the Rotrax was designed and built by British kit car builder Dennis Adams. To create this rough and tumble off-roader, Adams started with an unlikely donor … a Ford Cortina sedan. He spared the Cortina’s running gear, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated with either a four- or five-speed gearbox, adapted it to a custom spaceframe chassis, and bolted the dramatic fiberglass body on top. Voila! Instant off-roader.
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Subsequent iterations added the necessary four-wheel drive capability to this intrepid buggy. A Ford Sierra-based 4x4 version came first, followed later by a highly capable ‘Dakar’ version, based on the underpinnings of the early Range Rover. By the early ‘90s, kits could be had for around $3,000 for the two-seater Rotrax ‘Sport’ and around $3,500 for the four-seater Rotrax ‘Safari.’
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This Adams Rotrax is described as an early version (the 78th kit manufactured) with the ad claiming it was originally registered in 1981. The engine is said to start, though the seller notes that a complete service and brake overhaul will be needed before becoming road-worthy, as it has been sitting in dry storage since 1991.
Ready to roll or not, you certainly won’t see many of these crawling your local trail any time soon ... at least on these shores.
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Via: UK Barn Finds
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