Someone Please Buy This SRT-4-Swapped Consulier GTP

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The Consulier GTP is one of the strangest sports cars to come out of the United States during the Radwood Era. First introduced by Warren Mosler in 1985, the wedge-shaped sports car featured plenty of amenities that wouldn’t be out of place today. You got an ultra-lightweight carbon-kevlar body, a heavily-turbocharged engine mounted in the middle, and a full-blown composite monocoque holding everything together. In fact, it was the first road-going vehicle to utilize a composite chassis and body. While only a small number of these machines were originally built down in Riviera Beach, Florida, a highly-modified example has just popped up for sale on Facebook Marketplace.

In its original spec, the Consulier GTP proved to be a seriously potent contender from the moment it arrived on the scene. Performance came by way of a 2.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder sourced from the Dodge Shelby Daytona, which provided 175 hp. That may not seem like much, but the GTP only weighs in at just over one ton, which is more than 1000 lbs less than a typical sports car of the era. That power was sent to the rear wheels by way of a Chrysler-built Getrag 5-speed manual transmission. By the time 1991 rolled around, the GTP had started to make a name for itself on the track. It would take victories at IMSA events at both Lime Rock and Laguna Seca, before ultimately being saddled with a 300 lb weight penalty. The added ballast wasn’t enough to satisfy series organizers, who ultimately went on to ban the car from competing outright. Only 83 examples of the car were built between 1985 and 1996, with only 53 of those examples being hardtop street cars. This particular 1990 model falls into that category. Consulier Industries would eventually spin Mosler Automotive off as its own brand in 1993, after which point a few Mosler-branded models known as the Intruder and Raport would arrive before production ceased entirely in 2000.

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This particular example offered for sale in Oviedo, Florida, has undergone a series of important modifications. The most notable of the bunch comes by way of the engine swap, which saw the aging 2.2-liter replaced by a SRT-4 long block from the 2005 model year. That 2.4-liter turbocharged engine has been outfitted with Arias forged pistons, forged rods, titanium valve springs and retainers from Brian Crower, and a machined bed plate with a chromoly crank strap. The head and main studs have also been upgraded, while a billet oil pump gear set brings some added peace of mind. A hybrid gearbox has been created from Getrag’s a555 and a520 gearboxes, supported by a gear-driven Torsen LSD out back. The interior has also been retrimmed in a black-and-red color palette, which looks a bit more modern than the original interior. While there are no output figures listed for the car, that hot-rodded engine should certainly crank things up a notch. Whether or not it's worth the $90,000 asking price will have to be seen.

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