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From the Vaults: Bradley GT

by Paul Strauss
From the Vaults: Bradley GTzoom in

If you lived through the 1970s, you might recognize this unusual car, which was sold by Bradley Automotive. The Bradley GT was actually a kit car which could transform a Volkswagen Beetle chassis into a much cooler looking sports car.

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The GT was built as a 2-seater with a fiberglass body. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to Corvettes of the era, the Bradley GT offered optional pop-up headlights, gull-wing doors, and was often seen with sparkly metallic finishes. In fact, Liberace owned one in a sort of green-gold stardust finish – and that was probably the most subtle car he owned.

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The cars could be purchased either in kit form or completely assembled onto a VW bug. While you could stick with a stock VW engine for fuel efficiency, many chose to upgrade their drivetrains to provide increased performance. In fact, a fully-spec’d Bradley GT could hit 140mph.

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In the late 1970s, Bradley would change its name to the Electric Vehicle Corporation, offering up the Bradley GT II, which also came in an all-electric version. The company would ultimately fold in 1981, but you can still find complete Bradley GTs and GT IIs up on eBay to this day, with prices typically around $4000 to $5000.

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