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Old 02-12-2007, 08:49 AM   #1
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Default Bradley GT - the most bizarre car that I want

i've always liked them, but my interest was rekindled when I found one for sale nearby. They were asking too much, but now I find myself hunting for a cheaper one for a project.

Am I alone? I know they're ugly, but does anyone else dig it? Anyone familiar with them?

For those unfamiliar, it's basically a dune buggy with a funky euro-styled fiberglass (i think) body and a rear mounted VW aircooled engine (read: cheap parts!). They are TINY- my WRX looked like a behemoth parked next to one.





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Old 02-12-2007, 08:52 AM   #2
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whatever floats your boat
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Old 02-12-2007, 09:16 AM   #3
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I can see GTF driving that.
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Old 02-12-2007, 09:30 AM   #4
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I can see GTF driving that.
oh noes it doesn't have teh ghey does it? and i really liked them
does that make me ghey?

it's got a rear mounted air cooled boxer motor- that's gotta offset some gheyness right?
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Old 02-12-2007, 09:55 AM   #5
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always been a fan of the manx meyers dune buggie kits for the vw's, these were the next 'evolution' of this right?
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Old 02-12-2007, 09:55 AM   #6
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Old 02-12-2007, 10:10 AM   #7
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An old coworker of mine had one. They're ridiculously awesome little cars.
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Old 02-12-2007, 10:20 AM   #8
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I'd like one of these in good condition instead.

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Old 02-12-2007, 10:47 AM   #9
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I'd like one of these in good condition instead.

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those are sweet, but i think parts for old vw engines are a little easier to find (and are cheaper).
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Old 02-12-2007, 10:49 AM   #10
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I'd like one of these in good condition instead.

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Old 02-12-2007, 10:51 AM   #11
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I'd like one of these in good condition instead.

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Agreed. The Bradley GT never did anything for me. For that type of car, I'd rather have an X1/9, or Opel GT, or even a Bricklin. The sound of that VW motor just doesn't match the looks of the car, and it just screams kit car too much.

Although for bang for the buck fun, I think an Mk1 MR2 is your best bet for that type of car. They're not super-fast, but they'll run rings around that Bradley GT. That Toyota twin-cam motor is a whole lot of fun to wind out, even if it doesn't exactly bury you back in the seat.
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Old 02-12-2007, 10:51 AM   #12
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My grandpa built one of those back in the day. It had mag slots, a fade paint job and errthang. Old school pimpin!
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Old 02-12-2007, 11:20 AM   #13
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Agreed. The Bradley GT never did anything for me. For that type of car, I'd rather have an X1/9, or Opel GT, or even a Bricklin. The sound of that VW motor just doesn't match the looks of the car, and it just screams kit car too much.

Although for bang for the buck fun, I think an Mk1 MR2 is your best bet for that type of car. They're not super-fast, but they'll run rings around that Bradley GT. That Toyota twin-cam motor is a whole lot of fun to wind out, even if it doesn't exactly bury you back in the seat.
But think of the possibilities...


dunno how that would cram in back there but anything's possible!

btw that pic is from the turbo dune buggy thread...
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=992260
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Old 02-12-2007, 11:47 AM   #14
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So that's what that is. There is one I've seen in town for the past 10 years and to me it looks like a heap of **** kit car.
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Old 02-12-2007, 12:03 PM   #15
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my feelings exactly, i neither hate nor like that design.

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Old 02-12-2007, 12:07 PM   #16
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I had a 1982, the last year they were made under FIAT brand. Just regular maintenance, and it ran like a champ, even after I rear-ended an older Chevy Monte Carlo.

When I traded it in it had almost 147k miles on it, running strong still, not burning oil, no synchro problems (common with these.)

So, YMMV.
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Old 02-12-2007, 12:48 PM   #17
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Fix It Again Tony is the more popular version.

The x1/9 is cool, but totally gutless. And they rust worse then the 914.

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Old 02-12-2007, 01:29 PM   #18
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Fix It Again Tony is the more popular version.

The x1/9 is cool, but totally gutless. And they rust worse then the 914.

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Old 02-12-2007, 01:34 PM   #19
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It's like a funky Countach
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Old 02-12-2007, 01:40 PM   #20
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rather roll in this Bradley.
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Old 02-12-2007, 01:51 PM   #21
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Fix It Again Tony is the more popular version.

The x1/9 is cool, but totally gutless. And they rust worse then the 914.

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you are correct, sir.

the one my cousin had was a huge headache. but when it was runnning right it was a blast.
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Old 02-12-2007, 02:19 PM   #22
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