Over on Reddit, there’s a thread going viral about building a VW-powered Ferrari kit car – which the owner has kindly photographed for the world to see. The car was originally an old Kelmark GT, which was a popular VW kit car from the 1970s. This owner brought it back to life in a bigger than life way, don’t you agree? Kelmark Engineering manufactured kits and complete vehicles that were primarily Volkswagen-based from the late ’60s to late ’80s. The company coined its name from the two co-creators who started the operation, Russ Keller and Randy Markham – hence the Kelmark name. All of the Kelmark models are considered “rare,” but the VW powered Kelmark GT was the most popular. The GT was initially constructed as a V8 engine special and was introduced to the market before Kelmark decided to adapt it to fit the Type 1 Volkswagen Beetle chassis in late 1974.
It was also featured in Car and Driver in the late ’70s. Kelmark’s exterior styling was reportedly influenced by Ferrari and a Corvette concept car. The styling was mostly inspired by the Ferrari 206 Dino GT, combining the lines of the Dino with the Astro II XP-880 Mid Engine 1968 Corvette concept car.
These photos show what mankind can accomplish with some Old Milwaukee and a dream. [inpost_gallery post_id=35815 group=’all’ sc_id=”sc1392918698210″]