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Thread: Unfinished Cabrio for Sale

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    Unfinished Cabrio for Sale

    I've been approached by a gent with an unfinished Roadster for sale.
    I haven't seen it but the pictures he's sent me show a Sierra-based YKC roadster.
    The seller, who by his own admission knows little about cars (it was to be a father-son project) says the engine is a reconditioned 2.0 Sierra engine. He acquired the unfinished kit from a friend who had lost the impetus to complete it.

    Currently a rolling chassis, all panels and trim to complete (seats need upholstering), along with various other new parts, are said to be present.

    Vehicle is located in Shrewsbury and ideally needs to be gone in the next 4 weeks due to loss of storage.

    Price to be negotiated between buyer & seller...I'm not going to mention a figure here but happy to give any genuinely interested parties a steer offline.

    If anyone is interested PM me for the sellers contact details.


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    Re: Unfinished Roadster for Sale

    Don't I just wish I had the space! Great project and could potentially be on the road for next summer.

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    Re: Unfinished Roadster for Sale

    Looking more closely at the photos, the doors suggest this might in fact be a Cabrio kit. I will try and inspect in the coming days to determine for sure.
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    Re: Unfinished Roadster for Sale

    Yep, your right, it is a Cabrio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil_red_roadster View Post
    Looking more closely at the photos, the doors suggest this might in fact be a Cabrio kit. I will try and inspect in the coming days to determine for sure.

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    Re: Unfinished Roadster for Sale

    Quote Originally Posted by lil_red_roadster View Post
    Looking more closely at the photos, the doors suggest this might in fact be a Cabrio kit. I will try and inspect in the coming days to determine for sure.
    Typical, I own a Cabrio and still hadn't spotted that. Must confess, as its a Cabrio, I'd definitely be interested in finding out exactly what price he's thinking of. I have been planning major work with mine, nothing wrong with it just fancied making it have more of my own input, but if this is available at a reasonable price then I'd be tempted to sell mine and then commence with this.
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    Re: Unfinished Roadster for Sale

    I would guess it is an early kit with the earlier front suspension towers, as in these pics
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    Re: Unfinished Roadster for Sale

    Quote Originally Posted by lil_red_roadster View Post
    Looking more closely at the photos, the doors suggest this might in fact be a Cabrio kit. I will try and inspect in the coming days to determine for sure.
    The front suspension seems to be small coilover struts which was a YKC feature, I think.

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    Re: Unfinished Roadster for Sale

    Quote Originally Posted by scott h View Post
    The front suspension seems to be small coilover struts which was a YKC feature, I think.
    I’ve never noticed the featured suspension elements through the inner wings before!
    If it were mine, I would be looking to fabricate a polished stainless/chrome strut brace to make it a real feature of the car, because unusually for a Marlin, what I am seeing is a bit of poor design work.
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    Re: Unfinished Roadster for Sale

    Quote Originally Posted by stevejgreen View Post
    I’ve never noticed the featured suspension elements through the inner wings before!
    If it were mine, I would be looking to fabricate a polished stainless/chrome strut brace to make it a real feature of the car, because unusually for a Marlin, what I am seeing is a bit of poor design work.
    From memory Marlin never had this design on any of their cars. That would make this car a YKC Sierra based Roadster, because YKC did not manufacture Cabrios. If memory serves of course, which can be a big if sometimes!

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    Re: Unfinished Roadster for Sale

    I seem to recall that the very first Cabrios had this option but it was very quickly replaced with the mini strut that we are familiar with for obvious reasons. No idea how many of the early design were produced but I suspect it was very few. I'm sure I read an article somewhere long ago that gave potential buyers the option of one or the other.

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