A Mad Max hot rod based on 93-year-old Essex put up for saleOctober 12, 2020
Almost 80 thousand dollars are asked for a custom car
An unusual lot has appeared on the eBay online auction: a six-wheeled rat-rod called the Ratical Kiwi, built on the basis of a 1927 Essex car. The seller plans to sell the car for at least $ 79,980
The exotic car, reminiscent of a Mad Max-style vehicle, was built by Bellarat Customs, a New Zealand hot and rat rod company. The redesigned Essex was first presented last year at the SEMA auto-tuning show in Las Vegas.
Every detail – both exterior and interior, as well as technical “filling” – has undergone careful modification. Judging by the photo, from the donor 93-year-old car Ratical Kiwi retained the doors, the front part of the body and the round headlights. The body has been widened and lengthened with a custom DNA Mutant Crystal paint, giving it a battered, rat-style look. At the back, a kind of cargo platform was placed at an angle, on which you can install up to three bicycles or one motorcycle.
As part of the redesign, the car has a custom-made frame with thicker crossmembers, a new suspension and a third axle with two additional wheels. It is powered by a 7.4-liter Chevrolet V8 big block with a Holley carburetor and custom intake manifolds. The engine is paired with a GM 70R4 manual gearbox, a new propeller shaft and a Jaguar differential.
From Jaguar, the car also got the steering wheel, brake calipers and chrome wheels. The interior is also completely revised: the seats and doors are upholstered in brown leather, a new center panel and audio system have been installed.
Previously, another unusual hot rod called the Porsche 356 RSR Outlaw was put up for auction, a hybrid of two models from the German brand: a 1960 Porsche 356B T5 and a 1990 964 C2. The car was sold for $ 858,000, which is two and a half times the initial bid.
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