Was watching "Chasing Classic Cars" on Velocity a few weeks back featuring the Bill Rutan Special.
Not a very attractive car and a definitly a different type of car which show host ol' Wayne Carini regularly diplays
Bill started with a 1945 VW and a 1958 Porsche Porsche 4-cam engine. He designed the frame rollcage, rear suspension, turned the engine around with the transaxle trailing for better weight distribution and relaced the the twin distributors with an 8 cylinder distributor.
All together the Special only weighed in at 850 lbs.
Bill's most famous race was the 1961 Mt. Washington Hill Climb, he had the fastest overall time on the dirt and gravel road. Second overall in this race was Carroll Shelby in a race-prepared Ferrari!
I decided this would be a good modeling project, but what version do I build?
The original...not a lot of pictures and a really ugly car.
Decided to build the car in it's current restoration, lots of photos available.
Here's a few current photos of the car:
Gonna use the following kits as donors, mostly cuz I had both in my cupboard.
I know, I know...how can you part out this kit, well...where ya gonna find a Porsche 4-cam engine?
I can still build as a curb side, they provide extra wheels and brakes to build a 356 B or 356 C.
I'll be using the 356 B parts and engine/transaxle from the kit.
Here's a photo of parts from both kits I may or may not use...
Wheels are from the 356 B and tires from the VW kit
Got out the drawing pad, calculator and went to work on getting this thing scaled out to 1/24th scale...resulting in this:
Time to get working on this thing, should be fun...
thanx for lookin'