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mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: May 05, 2010 01:16AM

Originally a German Fiberfab kit car for the VW beetle. It was bought by ACM and Seraph motors in Britain and redesigned for the Ford. In Britain it was known as ACM Excalibur(not Crusader) and later Seraph 3000. It looks like a cross between a GT40 and a Mustang. Here are a couple of pics:
145x110_1253374669-seraph-003.jpg
145x110_1253374789-seraph-005.jpg



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mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: May 05, 2010 01:30AM

Here is another pic:
bonitonose.jpg


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: May 05, 2010 11:17PM

Seraph still being made in Britain. No website but, if interested call Gary (WSCars)at 02476336798. Here are a couple more pics:
BonitoFront1_thumbnail.jpg
P4270091k_thumbnail.jpg



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mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: May 05, 2010 11:22PM

One more pic,Other than the wheels; a beautifully proportioned car. It kind of reminds me of the Honda NSX in profile.:
4222211397_fa54581c3f.jpg



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Moderator
Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4411 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

authors avatar
Re: Bonito
Posted by: Moderator
Date: May 06, 2010 11:46AM

Pretty bodywork.

Jim, what did you mean by "redesigned for the Ford"? Doesn't the body still sit on a VW bug chassis?

I wonder if one has made it to North America yet?

There must be at least a thousand different models of British kit cars...


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: May 06, 2010 01:08PM

Seraph LTD. developed the front engine version. Cortina,Sierra parts. Ladder frame. The Seraph 3000 has a raised hood with a Chevy style cowl induction. Some racecar versions used the Rover V8. In the first pictures you can see the hood. There have been a few in America on EBay. There was a guy looking to buy the original molds on a message board. I would love to get a hold of one.In the early rear engine one I would use an Audi transaxle and V8. The newer front engine a street rod type(Mustang II) front suspension and V8.For the V8 either Buick/Rover or Caddy 4.9.



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mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: May 06, 2010 01:16PM

Curtis, I sent the board an E-mail about a magazine article on this subject. You can use what I found and probably find a lot more info. Kind of like your Ginetta article.



mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: May 06, 2010 02:26PM

Holland Bonito club picture and another red one. Looks good except rear bumper.:
BonitoIndex.jpg
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roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2974 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Bonito
Posted by: roverman
Date: May 06, 2010 03:04PM

Jim, I thought you liked, x-ways ? Audi x-way ? I like Toyota MR 2 T-axle, x-way. Ford Escort rear bumper ? Needs 77' Celica mirrors, and of-course Caddy or Rover power. 2 cents.


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: May 06, 2010 06:31PM

Audi 5 speed is longitudinal, used in GT40 kit cars. Good to about 450HP. Needs steel sandwich plate in middle like Supra trans. Porsche 944 4 pinion posi. Kennedy adapter to just about anything. Look in Lambo Lounge web site and GT40.com for info. I just love the looks of this bodystyle.



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mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: May 06, 2010 08:43PM

White one and black one:

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P9180015.jpg



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mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: May 07, 2010 12:01AM

90% of these must be red.
bonito_menu.gif


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: May 07, 2010 10:15PM

Most beautiful one yet. Yes, it's red!
bonito2.jpg


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: May 08, 2010 01:00AM

Link to instruction manual for VW Beetle version in German and English.[www.fiberfab.de]
fiberfab-bonito-manual-1-150x150.jpg



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mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: May 13, 2010 10:54PM

Black primer one that is on European EBay, starting bid of 15,900 Euros.
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mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: May 13, 2010 10:56PM

Finally one that isn't red! Yellow. I think they look a little better with light covers. I would love to splash a mold off one. I think they would sell pretty good in the states.
bonito.jpg



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mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: May 14, 2010 01:48PM

More pictures from the manual. Notice it is a one piece body. See the picture of it in the back of the VW truck!
fiberfab-bonito-manual-3.jpg


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: May 14, 2010 02:09PM

Here's my new favorite! From the many Holland Club pictures. The rear is modified for access to a larger than Beetle motor.
HR000003.jpg
HR000020.jpg


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: May 16, 2010 08:33AM

A couple of more pictures:
bonito3a.jpg
bonito10a.jpg


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1962 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bonito
Posted by: mgb260
Date: June 19, 2010 04:38PM

A new one:
eigen6a.jpg
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