It's not everyday you run into an incredibly rare piece of metal.
To be more specific, it's not everyday you run into a vehicle of which 12 only exist — of which ONE is in the U.S. — and it was turned into a Matchbox car. Well, yesterday morning that day happened to me!
While cruising for some breakfast with my 'ol lady in a quaint Northern New Jersey village, I saw something extraordinary drive past me on the perpendicular street. It was silver, had a peculiar Audi R8-like design element behind the doors and had a DeLorean look to it. But it clearly wasn't a DeLorean.
After laughing a bit and scratching my head at what just passed by I knew I had to follow it Counting Cars style and learn more about it. Luckily the driver pulled into a parking lot quickly.
Ginny (Ginnie?) popped open the Gullwing door and I just had to ask "What is that?" After a friendly conversation and learning more about the vehicle I was stunned. Here's the rundown:
- It's a Siva
- This was the actual car at the London Motor Show
- It features a 1300 cc Volkswagen Karmann Ghia motor
- That is a manual gearbox in there — the gas pedal is tucked in there if you look closely
- The electronics went in it, that's why you'll note the new set center stack
- It's the only one in the good 'ol U-S-of-A.
There's a bit more information on the car via the "Read Article" link below.
Ginny (Ginnie?) Told me that she and her husband snapped the car up from Tennessee via eBay. Given its rarity and that it has the same exterior/interior color, we think this is definitely "the one." Note some of the mods that now made their way into the car: new center stack, radio head unit pulled out, badging, etc.