No, this is not what you think it is

No, this is not what you think it is

No, it’s not that other one either. And… no, it’s not even that one. What we’re looking at is a 1968 Apal Horizon GT. The Belgian firm Application Polyester Armé de Liège was known mostly for it’s beachbuggies and Porsche Speedster replica’s that they built in the late sixties and early seventies. But they also built 150 fibreglass coupés that were inspired by the 1959 Porsche Carrera Abarth. They were built on VW Beetle chassis, most equipped with VW-engine and gearbox but 30 of them actually had a Porsche engine and mechanics. These cars competed in races and rallies and quite a few times they actually beat Porsches because their weight was lower.
This particular car is one of a series of 10 built in early 1968, that were equipped with a Volkswagen 1.700 cc engine. The roofpanel was detachable and would fit in the boot. Yes, that was in the front of the car.

This car is now in Portugal, but it was owned by the APAL-founder until last year, when it was on sale at the Bonhams auction in the Grand Palais in Paris. There the car fetched EUR 29.900 including premium. In the BaT-auction the counter is now stuck at USD 19.000. The auction has 4 days to go, so grab your chance to get a unique piece of Belgian automotive history in your garage.

Fotos: Bonhams

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