This 1981 Kelmark GT is a rare find. It is hard to find one of these, but especially hard to find one that is so original and well done. I love this little car, but we are moving and I cannot take it with me. I will miss it when it’s gone. It only has about 18,000 actual miles showing, and I’m pretty sure that’s accurate. This was a garage queen/show car.
This particular Kelmark was put together in the early 80s, by an engineer I was told. It has a Gene Berg shifter, and I was told it has many Berg engine improvements to the early Volkswagen air cooled engine. I was told it is a VW 2000 cc engine. The transmission is a four-speed manual Volkswagen transmission.
This car runs and drives. But it will need the fuel pump replaced, as it is leaking fuel down into the oil, causing some smoke from the exhaust and tapping. This is a common issue with early Volkswagen fuel pumps. So it will at a minimum need a oil change and the new fuel pump installed. It comes with a new fuel pump, and new engine compartment fuel lines. Also comes with a variety of other new parts.
I have driven this car around the block. And it goes through all of the four gears very well. Because it sat for a few years, I would think that it would benefit from a basic tuneup. It does have a new battery as of a few months ago. And there is a Kill switch on the battery.
Until the fuel pump is replaced, and the car is inspected, I would not drive the car very far.
The tires have excellent tread, but they are older. It has original American Racing turbine wheels.
Body: I believe it is the original coating from the factory. And the original decals. The body is in overall great shape, and it is fiberglass. As you would expect with a fiberglass body that is over 40 years old, there are some spiderweb cracks here and there around stress points. They are pictured. There is a small chip on the front bumper area, as shown. The glass is in excellent condition, however, the passenger side window has come off the track and needs to be reattached.
The undercarriage is good. Notably, the passenger rear pan section needs to be patched. But otherwise all looks good to me.
Interior: overall, the interior is in excellent condition. The carpet looks very nice. The headliner looks great. The dash pad looks great, but the bottom needs to be re-glued a little bit. The seats look almost new. The steering wheel looks great, and the gauges which are Stewart warner are also great.
Has an awesome storage compartment / trunk that’s very clean with a spare tire.
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Here is the information I was given about the car by the previous owner: “New engine case, made in Germany. 2000CC with heads ported and polished by Clyde Berg. It has a 2.5 quart oil pump, blue coil, dual Weber carbs, lightened fly wheel, modified fuel pump and with a 4 into 1 merged exhaust. The transmission was built by David Foltz and has welded synchro rings and steel shift forks.”
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Location: Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States