Bradley GT - Not your Hasselhoff's Kit.

What? A weekend post? Freak ouuuuut! Anyway, the Cars and Gearheadedness team dropped this 1974 ad for a Bradley GT on my desk late last night. Early Saturday edition time! It's from the December 1974 issue of Car and Driver. What's a Bradley GT?
It's a kit car. What's  a kit car? It's almost always a VW Beetle with it's hat pulled off, and a new fiberglass hat in the shape of something different bolted in place. This one's a Bradley GT, whose Wikipedia page exists as five rough paragraphs and some iffy grammar. Here's a sentence with so much to tell you, it can't remember what it wanted to tell you...

"The production run of the Bradley GT was from 1971 to 1981 according to the BradleyGT.com website and owners of the last GT II vehicles to be produced although many of the parts for the vehicles may date back to Volkswagens, Chevy Corvairs and other vehicles from the 1960s."

Fiberglass contains epoxy, kids. Don't forget to wear your respirator. Or, just go out for some fresh air before updating a Wikipedia page about your exciting new project car.

Anyway, Bradleys look pretty good in the flesh, and gullwing doors will always be cool, even if the car carrying them is just a VW Beetle underneath.

Here's a Rude Finger Graphical Gift for all both of you Bradley GT collectors out there. It's a clipped-out PNG of this car on transparency. Big and small, left and right just like always. You can add them to your growing P.A.G. multi-car pileup by right-clicking with your rude finger and saving.

Incidentally, matting out dot-pattern images is just for pros who are pen tool ninjas like me, people. Don't try using your magic-wand auto-selection device on pictures like this or your sanity will break in half. Even with pen tool mastery, trying to make out the edge of the tire in those shadows under the car was super-squinty work. Now my pen tool hurts. You're welcome.

UPDATE! Wups! I just noticed that the rocker panel decal on the right-facing PNGs was backwards. They're fixed now. To avoid mangling the pixels, I grabbed the decals from my own super secret high-rez version of the image and shrank it down into the PNGs and skewed it to fit. If I'd edited the pixels on the smaller images, it would have become blurry. Just saying. And, to anybody quick enough to download the cars with the backwards decals in the ten minutes they were posted before correction: congratulations. You now own two internet collector items almost assured to skyrocket in value, just as soon as easily duplicated PNGs become valuable somehow.


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