Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Forest find: Reptune Gullwing

These moody pictures were sent years ago to me by British ex-pat George Allen, who lives near Toronto in Canada. They show a rare Reptune Gullwing - the Canadian Mini based sports car designed and marketed by Reptune (or 'Reputation Tuning Services'), set up by Dennis Prophet in Scarborough, Canada. The pictures were taken in the woods near Flesherton, some 70 miles northwest of Toronto. I wonder what happened to it? Is it still out there?

Reptune Gullwing without its gullwing doors was found in Flesherton forest
Picture George Allen / Jeroen Booij archive

The 'on tow' lettering suggests it didn't reach the forest under its own steam
Picture George Allen / Jeroen Booij archive

Perspex rear screen has dropped out, floors seem rusty. But it's one of only 12 built!
Picture George Allen / Jeroen Booij archive

Mini rear bumper and rear lights. The Reptune Gullwing was supposed to be an easy to build kit car
Picture George Allen / Jeroen Booij archive

Mini engine block is still there - cylinder head is gone. Anyone who can see what engine it is?
Picture George Allen / Jeroen Booij archive

Faded and forgotten. But not here, at Maximum Mini! Is this car still out there?
Picture George Allen / Jeroen Booij archive

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