If you’ve ever wanted to a vehicle that can go wherever you want offroad, you’re probably familiar with the Mercedes G-Wagen, Land Rover Defender, and Hummers. Those who like to get a bit more in the weeds have probably familiar with Unimogs and Pinzgauers. But even the most savvy off-roaders have probably never heard of the UMM Alter II. That’s because it was a small, low-volume manufacturer based in Lisbon, Portugal that specialized in rugged agricultural and military vehicles. The UMM Alter II even had a stint in the Dakar Rally back in the day, where it garnered a reputation for bulletproof reliability when all the vehicles entered by UMM finished the rally under their own power. And power comes from a Peugeot 2.5-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder. I don’t know why but I really want this thing. Please, somebody, buy it before I do something foolish.
There’s weird, and then there’s this thing: the 2005 Merlin Roadster. The Merlin started off life as a 3-wheeled electric vehicle but now it’s powered by a 114 CID V-Twin engine that runs on race gas powering the front wheels through a 5-speed manual. To be honest, I don’t really know what to make of the Merlin Roadster. I guess its closest competitor would be a Morgan 3-Wheeler but the Merlin only has a single seat and a single Lambo-style door. The flames look pretty cool, I guess if you’re into that kind of thing. So yeah, that’s that.
Now here’s something different. This 1930’s style car is part Corvette, part Audi TT, and part… who knows what. It sounds like its underpinnings and drivetrain are derived from a 1998 Corvette while the cab is mostly from an Audi TT. Front fenders come from a 1937 Chevy and the taillights are borrowed from a 1959 Corvette. The interior is mostly custom, although I recognize a few more Audi TT bits like the door handles. It actually looks pretty well-made and I like some of the polished wood touches throughout the inside and outside of the vehicle. Maybe this “Chevrolet Bella Elan Coupe” is up your alley?
Plenty of people take their Honda S2000s to the racetrack but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more race-prepped S2000 than this one. To be fair, other than the driveline and basic front-end styling, there really isn’t anything else that this car shares with an S2000. It’s a full tube-frame race car with a molded-in coupe body done in fiberglass. As far as both S2000s and racecars go, the $9500 asking price is actually pretty reasonable although you’ll only be able to drive it on a racetrack. From the sound of the Craigslist ad, there might be some assembly required, but there is also some built-in flexibility on price depending on which parts you want.