A new horse in the stable

Seeing that someone turned I thought I'd mention my own most recent mid-life crisis story. It's not really mid-life crisis though because its seeds are in my youth, but I suppose that's true of all of them — a desperate bid to stay young? But it's better than the sad acceptance of decrepitude…

"It's all downhill. Don't listen to the optimistic gladhandling dandies. I should have just shot myself."

- Shawn Porter

Some of you may remember the Coyote car from the old TV series Hardcaste & McCormick TV show (more, more). I remember it as the Manta Montage from ads in kit car magazines (more) when I was a kid and it was one of a small handful of cars I dreamed about one day owning. Anyway, as you may remember me mentioning one popped up on eBay at a give-away price, so I put in a low bid, thinking someone would surely outbid me by the end.

I guess I said a little “universe, if you keep gearjammerracing from upping his bid, I'll cut back on the drinking” mantra and, lo and behold, at a cut-throat price now it's time to arrange shipment from Texas to La Paz of the car below! Sucks about the drinking, but it's probably for the best.


There's more information on this and the Manta Mirage (I miss my old one) over at mantacars.com (and this build diary gives you a good idea as well). They came in a variety of flavors from VW powered on-up, so I'll mention that mine is a tube-chassis with a 327 V8 on a Porsche transaxle.

I'll admit that I'm a little paranoid that I'm going to fit in it, but I've seen other tall guys make it, and my Mirage was roomy, so it should be OK… (Yes, I know, you hate me).

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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