Kar Z-28 Camaro VW Mini Funny Car

Jeremy found some old paperwork from KAR Manufacturing, who made the VW-based Mini-Camaro that I’ve posted a couple times in the past. From their ads, it looks like the company’s background included making Shriner cars for parades, as well as miniature funny cars for the street, which is where the “Funtastik” Mini-Camaro came from. The car was made in two version, the first of which was a tiny car, designed to fit on a VW chassis shortened by a full 24″ (to 70″).

The overall length of the short version was 145″ with a 70″ width, and 44″ to the height of the Landau frame. The car had a curb weight of only 1065 pounds, giving it good performance even with a stock driveline.

The second version was a 94″ wheelbase (stock VW) version fitting a long version of their Z-28 replica. The total length came up to 170 inches, and the weight climbed to 1210 pounds. You can easily identify it from the front as it’s the one with the spoiler.

11 Responses

  1. Bats says:

    Much in the same vein as the Shala vet,
    Here is one of the Camaros,

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    I recall In the late 70’s early 80’s what must have been one of these ran around our local cruise at the Steak and shake,
    At the time we thought it was a real Z customized, it had a bird catcher sticking out the back off a 4 barrel carb on a Corvair engine it would pop wheelies and in fact hold the wheelie long enough to get all kinds of tickets.

  2. Bats says:

    Much in the same vein as the Shala vet,
    Here is one of the Camaros,

    Ad on TheSamba

    I recall In the late 70’s early 80’s what must have been one of these ran around our local cruise at the Steak and shake,
    At the time we thought it was a real Z customized, it had a bird catcher sticking out the back off a 4 barrel carb on a Corvair engine it would pop wheelies and in fact hold the wheelie long enough to get all kinds of tickets.

  3. Tim says:

    I really found this information to be very helpful, because I have one of the short 70″ versions that has never been cut or installed and had been trying to find out who made it and a basic time frame of when it was made, thanks

  4. Craig Cochran says:

    I have a Kar body that is the full sized one.

  5. Craig Cochran says:

    I have a Kar funny car, built in 1971,

  6. Craig Cochran says:

    I have a car with the Kar body!

  1. August 11, 2015

    […] the back. That didn’t stop KAR Manufacturing in Massachusetts from designing the VW-pan-based Funtastik Mini-Camaro kit, however, and soon there were legions— well, dozens, at least— of Mini-Camaros roaming the […]

  2. August 11, 2015

    […] the back. That didn’t stop KAR Manufacturing in Massachusetts from designing the VW-pan-based Funtastik Mini-Camaro kit, however, and soon there were legions— well, dozens, at least— of Mini-Camaros […]

  3. September 3, 2015

    […] That did not cease KAR Manufacturing in Massachusetts from designing the VW-pan-primarily based Funtastik Mini-Camaro equipment, nevertheless, and shortly there have been legions— nicely, dozens, at the very […]

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