Malibu Beach Cruiser: 1969 Bradley GT Kit Car

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Bradley is one of the best-known kit car companies, or maybe I’m just perceiving that because there was a GT running around our neighborhood when I was a kid, and it made quite the impression on my young mind in a good sort of way.  They were no doubt competitive though in the DIY market, back in those good old days when you could obtain a VW chassis fairly easily and inexpensively, then turn it into something reasonably cool without blowing your life savings.  This Bradley GT here on Craigslist is nicely preserved and has already been brought back to running condition, so if a car of this type interests you it’s probably worth checking out.  This one’s out on the west coast in Malibu, California, and comes with an asking price of $12,000.

MattR, this was a fun tip and we’d like to thank you for sharing it with us!  The Bradley’s owner has dubbed it a beach “cruizer” which certainly seems like a good environment for it, but I think this one would be enjoyable to drive around just about anywhere.  The seller doesn’t make it clear how long the car has been under his watch, but he does mention that it spent 30 years stored in a garage, beginning in 1989.  I’m just not sure if it was his garage and he took a renewed interest, or if the seller only acquired the GT around 4 years ago.  In any event, he refers to it as an unmolested time capsule, which seems like a somewhat fair assessment.

Surprisingly, we don’t get to see any engine photos, but we’re told the motor is a big-bore 1835cc with a pair of Weber 40 carbs and a Norris cam.  The chassis is from a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, with lots of recent attention given to the brakes and all new hydraulics in place.  There are also new fuel lines, a new starter, new spark plugs, and wires, plus new tires all the way around.  A 4-Speed manual transmission takes care of the shifting duties.

Things inside are looking pretty decent too, with the angle on those seats making my back ache just looking at them.  But these are more pleasure-type vehicles than long-distance drivers, so maybe for short jaunts or cruising up and down the shore, they’re OK.  The seller is upfront about there being a few blemishes here and there, but he does say the Bradley looks great overall, and if you’re looking for a fun knockabout two-seater for not much more than $10k this one seems worthy of consideration.  What do you think?

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  1. EuromotoMember

    Sorry but these are butt-ugly. I’d rather have the donor VW. Those headlights, just awful.

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    • bobhess bobhessMember

      What he said.

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  2. Harvey HarveyMember

    Don’t think I would want to get in and out too many times. There is a reason cars have doors.

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  3. Jesse Jesse MortensenStaff

    I don’t know. For a VW-based kit car, I think it looks fun. Just look at it like a sleek dune buggy.

    Like 9
  4. CCFisher

    I’m just gonna go ahead and assume that I won’t fit and ask the next owner to lie to me and tell me it’s no fun at all. In return, I’ll lie to you and tell you it isn’t awesome to be able to see over the crowd.

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  5. Howie

    Wow!! What a chick magnet and for only $10,500.

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  6. Cooter CooterMember

    When I was a kid in the 70’s there was a blue one in town with white trim. Back then it was considered very cool and closest thing to owning a real life Hot Wheel in southern KY. There were no Lambos running around town there!

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  7. Ike Onick

    Not sure what the owner would be cruising for, but the chances of success would be slim in this.

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  8. Andy G.

    I had one of these back in the late 70’s/early 80’s. Really enjoyed it, felt like I was driving a go-cart around. Of course I was in my late teens/early twenties so getting in and out wasn’t even a thought. Mine was very light in the steering, a turn too suddenly on poor traction and the wheels would turn and the car not so much. If I remember the headlight covers were cable-operated by a lever.
    Andy G

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  9. FRANK G

    The seller posted a link to a youtube video. In it the driver, who is in the video, appears to be too big to fit in it. His head sticks out a couple of inches over the roof of the car. He would never be able to drive it with the top/side glass installed. That would be another issue, with the tops installed, the side glass cannot be opened for air. This is a nice weather day only car. Here is the link for the youtube video:

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