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Old 01-14-2008, 09:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sterling Kit Car

Hello -

The eye candy thread reminded me of this kit car :

Sterling Sports Cars

New Sterling owners now have the opportunity to choose a Sterling kit to fit their budget and skill level. The timeless style of the Sterling component car of the 70’s with its classic VW chassis is still our most popular version. It is one of the easiest and quickest kit cars to build at a great price. Our new mid engine chassis with its round tubing has over two years of research and development time. It was developed to accommodate a wider range of engine configurations. Due out soon is out rear engine chassis also with round tubing to be used as a replacement for the classic VW beetle chassis on original Sterlings.
Does this look like a good car aerodynamically? I am guessing, "yes, if you close up some gaps".

The basic kit is $9K and can be put on an original beetle chassis. However, I think it would be nicer to have a newer/cleaner emissions drivetrain. Assuming this is a good platform for ecomodding, what would be a good clean engine for this that would just "fit right in"? A late model Porsche engine that has been detuned for MPG? In at least one instance, a person made this into an electric :

Eco Sterling



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