You never know what you're going to find on eBay. Today, it's a prototype from an obscure British supercar manufacturer, the kind of thing one wouldn't normally think of as being bought and sold like a Toyota Starlet project car. This Ascari F/GT was designed by Lee Noble, who's best known for his eponymous Noble Automotive. That company went on to produce the track-monster M12 and (without Lee's supervision) the 650-horsepower M600.
Before all of that, though, Noble was hired by Ascari to design this supercar, although he left the company before manufacturing began. The handful of production models have a slightly different design.
Ascari is named after Alberto Ascari, the first double Formula One champion. It built raw, track-focused road cars until the mid-2000s, and continues to operate the Ascari Race Resort in southern Spain.
The seller of this Ascari supercar (via Autoblog) claims this car is one of only three F/GTs in the United States, and the only U.S.-spec prototype. It's powered by a 4.6-liter Ford V-8 that produces around 400 horsepower, coupled to a five-speed Porsche transaxle.
The body is unstressed fiberglass, while the chassis is a high-carbon steel spaceframe. According to the seller, there are also a few carbon fiber bits, including the rear wing, rear valence and dashboard. The interior features leather seats and air conditioning. What else do you really need?
The seller also lists the F/GT as a 2004 model, but production apparently ended in the mid-1990s. It was replaced with the more road-ready Ecosse, which was itself supplanted by the KZ1 and A10.
Bidding currently stands at $60,400 with 2 days to go and 21 bids submitted, although the reserve has not been met.