Kristi KT3 Snowcat with Needs

Today’s feature is a rare Kristi KT3 Snowcat in non-running, but essentially complete, condition.  These cool little critters were made in the 1950s and 60s and featured Volkswagen engines, as well as hydraulic leveling systems.

The Kristi company built these in Denver, Colorado, which makes sense.  This one found its way south to New Mexico, which also has no shortage of skiing.  While we have no use for it, we’d love to have it just for the coolness factor and perhaps to take to Big Bear.

The seller says this isn’t currently running, but that the engine is not seized.  VW power means minimal investment, even if a full rebuild or replacement is needed.  We’re not so sure about the hydraulic system, however.  Also, the interior looks bare from what we can tell from the lacking pictures, but the seller says the two original bench seats are included in the sale.  We hope someone scoops at this cool ride and gets it back off the road!

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Rio Rancho, NM, USA
$10,000 BIN with offers considered and four days to go

This cat’s low profile adds to stability on slopes.

Here’s the Kristi logo.

Other side show similar wear, but it’s all there.

Rear features an access door, presumably for loading cargo, tools or those the driver has to save on a mountain.

Interior pics are lacking and it doesn’t look like much is there.

We’re not sure exactly what we’re looking at here; but we see a wiring harness and perhaps some hydraulic lines.  Both should be present.
We like any vehicle that has a hand-written model info on its data card!

Here’s the VW engine’s data plate.

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Original Kristi KT3 snow cat complete.  IN unrestored condition.  New owner would have to spend some time getting this Kristi perfect again, but is very doable with its present condition.  Comes with the two interior bench seats.  Does not run, however the engine is not locked up or seized.    Please if you would like more details of specific pictures please let me know. 

1976 Corvette Trailer

C3 detractors will say this is the best use for a 1976 Corvette.  We say it’s an interesting oddity and, yes, we’re glad this wasn’t an early 70s C3 or even a later L-82, not to mention any mid-year Vette.

Per the seller, the use case for this is to tow it to a car show and sit in it.  Where?  We’re not sure; but maybe the seller isn’t thinking of Pebble Beach, where he or she might get in trouble for towing this onto the fairway.  Is this ridiculous?  Yes.  Do we love it in a strange way? Yes!!

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Broadview Heights, OH, USA
$200 with one bid, reserve not met, six days to go and $4,500 BIN price

No one can claim to have seen another!

Profile is about what you’d expect. Note the shifter.  We don’t know if it serves a purpose.

When towed and viewed from behind, this might appear to be a complete car!

Cupholders are critical, considering the proposed use case.  Supposedly, the lights, all work.  Apparently, there is a cooler behind the seats.

This has a trunk, unlike an original C3.

The builder thought of everything!

No, really – everything!

Here’s a rundown of the features, complete with incorrect use of an apostrophe.  We’re curious about the “scooter holder.”

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One-of-a-kind Good Guys award winning corvette trailer (just because its cool). Bring to all the car shows and sit in class. Removable chrome tongue. Either a caster for moving around or a chrome stantion goes in it’s place. Storage and ice box behind seat. All lights work like a car. trunk area with roof rack. removable umbrella stores in trailer . custom paint and pin stripes. Custom canvas cover. A true show piece.

Rare Ihle Schottenring Car

A Schottenring car was basically a fair or carnival ride – these little cars ran on a wooden track and had bumpers, much like an early version of Disney Autopia.

This particular example was made by GEBR: IHLE, a company foundered by two brothers previously in the coachbuilding business.  The interwebs indicate that the Ihle brothers may have even invented the BMW twin kidney grill.

The seller claims it is complete and original, and the photos appear to back that up.  The Studebaker bullet front end is fantastic, and it does look like all trim is present.  The engine is claimed to need only some cleanup.

Note that this car is not for road use.  Regardless, we love it!

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San Luis Potosí, SLP, Mexico
$17,000 BIN with offers considered

Unlike modern amusement park car, this one has serious style.

Profile shot shows cool details from the period, including full fenders.

Continental kit is an awesome touch, reminiscent of a period BMW.

Here’s the Studebaker bullet front end.

Rear view has some cool curves.

The badge even has a lot of detail.

Here’s a shot of the tiny wheel and tire.  The knockoffs are very cool!  Bring your lead hammer…

Interior is spartan, as you’d expect.

That continental kit serves a purpose, as it’s actually the engine cover.

Here’ a closeup of the single-cylinder engine and chain drive.

Van for scale!

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HISTORY:

Ihle Brothers in Bruchsal Germany produced some amazing vintage micro cars which were used at fairs in autodromes. The Brothers Rudolf and Fritz Ihle started their company in 1930 in Bruchsal and soon realized that in 1933 the body of the BMW Dixis were out of style, mostly because it was based on the shape of a 1922 Austin seven. So they introduced a more sporty shaped body the Ihle 600, which could be mounted on any Dixi frame. Customers could change there old body for these modern shaped cars on their old frames. These models were only available in Signal Red. In 1934 Ihle started a production line for these models. Soon Ihle offered bodies: the Ihle 600 and Ihle 800 for chassis from other manufacturers like Hansa, Opel, DKW, and of course the Ford Eifel. The Sporty arrow shaped rear was only available for the BMW/Dixi. Later the Legend started that Ihle introduced the typical Kidney Style radiator, now the image for BMW. The Ihle Dixis were produced in Bruchsal until 1941. There was a parallel production of mini cars for amusement rides, special tractors and passenger trailers. In the beginning of the 30s Ihle had a staff of 50 workers and expanded this to up to 150 workers until the war. During the War Ihle produced precision weapons and portable water pumps.

 After the war, Ihle sold the dixi production to BMW and expanded their business producing rides for amusement parks and carnival fairs. They also started using the new material Fiber glas.

WEB REFERENCES:

http://www.microcarmuseum.com/tour/ihle.html
http://www.rmsothebys.com/bw13/the-bruce-weiner-microcar-museum/lots/1954-ihle-schottenring-car/1057066
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Ihlecar/info

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This is a very rare find! a Museum Piece. Totally Original German 1938 IHLE car.  It seems to have OG PAINT with some details of rust because of time and wheater but not a big deal.

I would´t restore it if I keept it

– OG MOTOR of 2 speed and 1 piston, rear Wheel chain. Motor was working before it parked out a few months ago, it will need to be cleaned up and adjusted only.

– TITLE is not the original one, it has a new title from a company. Very helpful to ship the car anywhere overseas.

– ITS ALMOST COMPLETE! with all its moldings, emblem, steering Wheel, seat, motor components, rims, etc. even dust!

Golf Cart in Drag

No, not that kind of drag.  If you need to tow a dragster and a simple trailer or hand cart just won’t do, then this might be the vehicle for you!

This is powered by an unspecified Honda engine and clutchless four-speed transmission (Hondamatic?).  We think is cool, although we have no use for it.  The seller is looking for trades; so it would be interesting to see if someone can top this for strangeness.

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Duarte, CA (otherwise known as the Inland Empire)
No Price Listed (free?)

Front end is “aggressive”, especially for a golf cart.

Sadly, the scoop appears to be non-functional, given its location vis-à-vis the engine.

This cart is equipped with drag slicks and wheelie bars, though it’s not clear that wheelies are an actual risk with the current powertrain.

Centerline Auto Drag-style wheels work well with the drag theme.

Long-throw, manual shifter is not a common sight in a golf cart.

Yes, you saw Yosemite Sam on the glove box lid.

Here’s the only decent shot of the engine.  We can’t tell much…

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This is a pro built cart was used to pull race car at the track it has all good stuff and all fabricated look at pics if your interested I’m looking to trade and or cash offers this is a 4speed Clutchless Honda motor not a race motor everything fabricated and the best of everything

Part 1999 Chevy Tracker, Part Plane

It’s an age old question: what happens when a Cirrus SR22 light aircraft and a 1999 Chevy Tracker are combined?  Here we have the answer.

The reserve was not met on this auction, but the phone number of the seller is available as long as eBay keeps the listing around; so a deal can be made!

With 120K miles on the odometer, the Tracker should have a lot of life left; but we don’t know how many hours that represents.

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Cumming, GA, USA
Ended unsold at $2,425 with 22 bids

Is this what you pictured?

Overhead shot.  Very creative.

From this angle, this looks like a one seater.

But…there is indeed a rear bench!  The seller suggests this could be a wedding limo, but I don’t see how a girl in a poofy dress would get into this.

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One of a kind Plane Car.

This is a one of a kind vehicle that took a lot of planning and design. This is a combination 1999 Chevrolet Tracker and a 2003 Cirrus SR22 aircraft. The aircraft section has an overhead ripcord for the pilot to use that deploys a giant parachute in case of engine failure. It also has a functional propeller which spins as the planecar drives forward and sits on ball bearings. The plane car has cold a/c and warm heat for the winter, and a baggage compartment which can also be considered a trunk.  It has a great stereo sound system, and completely street legal and passed emissions. This planecar is all over the internet and Youtube. It creates a lot of excitement wherever it goes, and will win any car show possible. It would be a great advertising vehicle for a business and or used as a limousine for weddings or birthdays, etc. 
You can see it at (“The incredible $10,000 Plane Car” on YouTube https://youtu.be/mUkDowTrip4) 
Also look at how this planecar made the front page of a UK newspaper online ( http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3293449/Quirky-car-designer-converts-light-plane-road-legal-vehicle-drives-son-school-in.html)
I’m more then sure you have questions about this ultimate one of a kind driving machine, so call me anytime at 678-xxx-xxxx Mark.

VSP WTF EV

This cool, futuristic EV appears to have been a marketing/PR tool for VSP North America, which sells portable generators.  That’s about all we know.

The seller does give some basic specs and points out that this is powered by seven lead-acid batteries.   That might be less power than a Vanguard Citicar had in the 70s; so don’t expect much in the way of top speed or range.  As a matter of fact, there’s nothing to indicate this is road legal – think of it as more of a prop.  A really cool looking prop.

One tidbit the seller does mention is that the turbines on this car supposedly help to charge the car at speed.  Has perpetual motion been discovered?!?!

Edit: VSP’s site has more pics!  The interior has some rather unfinished wiring, or at least it did when the photos were taken.  More info is supposedly coming soon, but don’t hold your breath.

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Sault Sainte Marie, MI, USA
$14,155 with 36 bids, reserve not met and 6 hours to go

It is safe to say this doesn’t look like anything else on the road.  Sadly, this isn’t likely legal to drive on the road…

Swing-up doors are a must on something this odd.

Profile is certainly futuristic!

Rear is….unique.

This is about all we can see of the interior.

Screen shows EV status/functions.

Yes, this vehicle does have a backup camera!  That’s probably good, given visibility probably isn’t.

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2014 VSP electric car,great movie car or promotional vehicle,72vseries wound prestolite drive motor,7 new vsp 12v 230ah sealed lead acid maintenance free batterys,MIMOD EV monitoring and control system,front and rear air ride,gullwing doors,2 300watt windturbines that recharge the battery that runs the computer lights and controls.ph or txt 705-xxx-xxxx

High-Quality 1:64 Die Cast Classics!

Thanks to Autoweek for this find!  This could be the greatest thing in the die cast muscle car world since Johnny Lightning ceased to be.

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So far, the focus is on American Muscle, which is AutoWorld’s speciality.  It’s not all about V8s, though, as there’s a Mustang SVO!

Cool Oddity or just Waste of Taxpayer Money?

Supposedly, this “Baha style” (SIC) oddity was the result of SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grants to the tune of $1.5M (click for link to one grant).  We don’t know exactly how that works, but it would seem that some sucker might call this a bargain at $16,500.  On the other hand, it’s not clear that a running vehicle is part of the deal and it is clear that this won’t be street legal, what with no VIN.

The seller provides a lot of info swiped from the SBIR site, but not much on the current state of the vehicle, except: “Interior was removed by Government. Front and back bumper are missing. Does not come with batteries.”

The ad does include pics of controllers and such, so an EV person might be able to get this going.  There’s a VW TDI engine on-board as a range extender, but no comment as to running condition.  Yes, we’re withholding our TDI comments for the moment, and it would seem this is an older one, anyway…

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Suffolk, VA, USA
$16,500 with ZERO bids and 1 day to go

This face doesn’t look like anything else out there.  Don’t worry about the lack of a license plate mount – it’s not likely this will ever be street legal.

This angle reveals some of the source vehicle.  Dodge Durango Dakota?? (Edit: original post included a brain fart, calling this a Durango.  Of course, it’s the pickup version’s cab.)

Profile is, well, unique.

We guess this is under the ‘hood’.  The shocks supposedly use the same technology as GM’s Magna-Ride.

This seems to be a rear view.  Fuel cell presumably stores the diesel.

Here’s the 1.9L TDI engine.  As far as we can tell, it’s only a range extender and is not directly coupled to the wheels.

We think this is a forward-facig shot, but we’re not sure.  The door panels seem to confirm our suspicion.

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This Baha Style Hybrid Electric four wheel drive vehicle is a one of a kind prototype…Propulsion is from four 100kW (134HP x 4 = 536HP), liquid cooled, axial gap permanent magnet motors energized by four 100kW, liquid cooled, DC to 3 Phase AC inverter controllers one for each motor…The suspension is performed by four coil over magneto-rheological controlled shocks with controller. The on-board internal combustion engine (ICE) is a 1.9L Turbo Diesel Volkswagen engine to be used as a generator when batteries run low or as additional power when high demand requires more power. 
Construction of this vehicle began in 1997 when the first SBIR Grant was awarded and was again modified in 2003 during a second SBIR Grant. Abstracts of each SBIR are detailed below.

Hybrid Electric High Mobility Scout Mongrel Vehicle with Active Suspension $747,913.00 
1997 PHASE II SBIR
Davis Technologies International, Inc.
5025 ARAPAHO RD – STE 505 
Dallas, TX 75248

The objective of this project is to develop a significantly improved ground vehicle or military reconnaissance considering high speed over rough terrain and high mobility as prime requirements. Concepts in hybrid electric drive and active suspension will be explored, and a practical system selected. Independent-drive wheels, combined with advanced compressible fluid active suspension, all supervised by advanced fuzzy logic controls, provide the synergy to achieve greater vehicle performance levels in mobility, better speed over various terrain and side slopes, and gradeability speed improvement beyond the state of the art. The project will investigate the use of a single combination joystick control to adjust speed, direction, ride height, and chassis attitude. By using vehicle attitude control, side slope capability will be enhanced, approaching the 60 degrees requirement, constant torque motors will provide high gradeability speeds and series parallel motors will provide the speed range capability. The proposed concept is feasible and has the potential to fulfill the Army’s need for a high mobility scout vehicle. BENEFITS: The future need for a high speed, high mobility scout vehicle has already been identified by the military. This class of vehicle will have a significant potential as a civilian off-road vehicle as well. This project will significantly advance the envelope of off-road performance and wartime maneuverability.

Complex Obstacle Traversing Suspension System for Wheeled Ground Vehicles $729,934.00 
2003 PHASE II SBIR
Tiax LLC
35 Hartwell Avenue 
Lexington, MA 02421

The goal of this Phase II project is to develop and fabricate propulsion and suspension components for the Army Mongrel Test Vehicle. The suspension system will be built around a swing arm design that is common to all four corners of the vehicle. Each corner will have electric in-wheel motors with planetary gear hubs (for torque amplification) for propulsion and hydraulic brakes for quick stopping (the electric motors will provide for regenerative braking capability). The swing arm design will also be fabricated to accept two different semi-active suspension systems. The first utilizes a magneto-rehological (MR) damper with coil-over spring made by Carrera. The second uses a compressible fluid damper system made by Liquid Spring Technologies. This compressible fluid system will be used in parallel with a wheel lift mechanism to allow for greatly improved obstacle traversing capability by allowing for the independent lifting or lowering of each wheel corner.

More Info:
This vehicle is a one of a kind prototype made for the Army. I have spoken to a civilian test driver who said he drove this vehicle on the Army test course and through the desert. Reporting that while driving at 55mph over railroad tracks, he didn’t even spill his coffee. He also stated the Army test driver inadvertently launched the vehicle into the air during its climb of a 60 degree slope. The vehicle reportedly landed on all four wheels and sustained no damage.
When tested, this vehicle was reportedly controlled by a fuzzy logic controller and F-111 fighter joystick, neither of which were present when I received the vehicle. The interior was removed from the vehicle prior to my ownership. However the vehicle does include the Electric Motor Inverters, Engine Controls, and Shock absorber controller. The chassis is custom made and includes a roll cage. The front of the car has a set of rails for a battery box which slid in and out the front. There is a onboard electric winch for pulling a battery box inside. Under the hood is a radiator and coolant reservoir for the cooling system related to the electric drive motors and the inverter controllers. It can also be adapted to cool a battery box as well. The radiator has two electric fans on the back side.
The rear mounted internal combustion engine does not include the generator that was attached to it, but does include the bell housing and flywheel for the generator. Engine fuel is provide via the mounted Fuel Cell Racing Tank just in front of the engine.
The wheels are driven by electric motors at each wheel. As you can see in the pictures, the car has some over sized steel plates protecting the bottoms of the motors. These can be either removed or shortened by about 4″. It looks like a beast because it is. The car has four wheel disc brakes. The wheels are attached to specialized geared hubs that can have their gear ratios changed for different capabilities. Currently the ratio is about 4:1 which should net a higher speed than the 9:1 tested in the sand environment. I will include a copy of a University study on this concept for this vehicle only to the winning bidder.

I will provide a bill of sale for this vehicle because it has never been titled. I listed the date of manufacture as 1776 because had I put 2003 ebay required a valid Vin number, which this prototype does not have. And I’m a proud American so 1776 it is.

If you want to see the vehicle in person, just send me a message and we will make it available to view. Because of the unique nature of the construction of this vehicle, I won’t allow anyone to take photos of the vehicle during the inspection. The winning bidder can take as many as they want after they get it. Even though it would be quite an expensive task to duplicate this vehicle, we did have someone view it with that purpose in mind. We just want to protect the new owners property in case they want a little secrecy for their new toy. Though this car will require some equipment to make it complete, I feel the car comes with the major components and engineering already paid for to the tune of about $1,500,000.00. That makes this a once in a lifetime deal for some lucky bidder.