• Mar 3rd 2008 at 11:59AM
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Back in November, we brought you the story of a real-life dream-to-reality car story. It was the tale of Neal Bailey, who was taking the best details of the cars he loved and creating his dream car.

Neal emailed us last week to say he had done some work on his self-branded supercar, the Bailey Blade, and was getting closer to putting it into limited production. The latest design changes were necessary to meet European headlight-height regulations with Viper-like, fender-hugging lamps in front. Neal took advantage of the required changes to incorporate some other design mods as well, like the slotted front intakes where the old headlights once were and the hood scoops now are covered instead of open. The car is also getting a newly redesigned front and rear independent suspension.

The leg-sizzling chrome sidepipes are, thankfully, still there, as are the Vette-like rear haunches and the 500-hp Roush V8 planned for the prototype.

Neal says he hopes to have a rolling prototype by the middle of this year with sales starting sometime next year, sooner if he can find an investor. As you have probably already guessed, Neal is hoping to sell a few in Europe, and he says he has designed the Blade to be easily constructed as a right-hand drive car.

If you want a Bailey Blade, Neal says plan on spending between $50,000 and $80,000 depending on options like the prototype's Roush 400IR, an $18,000 option.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      WOW! I had to comment, I think it’s the best thing I have seen in a long time. How many people build their on car like this? You got my respect. On the guys website he seems to have put a lot of function into the form and I think that’s why it has such a unique look.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ SITEiNK:

        You're way off... the 'make it electric' comment is out of left field (hardly anyone can make an electric under 30k), he's not going to put it into "full production", and there is literally zero danger of legal action from other designers or companies for his design.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yea this car certainly does look like a mash-up of some of the more popular cars throughout the years. Make it an electric and sell it for under 30k and it might work, but if put into full production there is do doubt that it would face pressure from the original designers to halt production.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know how anyone can really say it's ugly or an insult to car design. It may not be to everyone's tastes, but it's not ugly. Now the Honda S2000 and the BMW z4 are bad, especially considering the money and design degrees behind them. This guy's working in his garage, sheesh.

      I think it's got potential, especially if he can actually make a few dollars on each he sells, if he does sell any that is. I wish him luck.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The first thing I thought after seeing this was "Hey! Is someone making Corvette Summer II?"

      • 7 Years Ago
      The front air dam is too fussy, but other than that, I think it looks gorgeous.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think a lot of you are missing the point -- this guy is living his dream, building his own car from scratch! How many of us are lucky enough to do that? And if he can make a few bucks selling them, even better!

      Interesting that he's learning a tough lesson about the extent to which government regulations dictate the design of a car nowadays.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Didn't you get the memo? Everyone on Autoblog knows everything about everything.

        That's why this car = fail. It looks just like the Viper/Vette/Mustang I drove once in GT4/Forza/Gotham, and that one was totally slow/ugly/recalled.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Look what happens when engineers try to design
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't say I really like it, but I can see some good qualities in the design.

      By the way, if anybody thinks they can or have done better in automotive design, please post links with your comments.
      If not.... well then, you know the ending of this sentence.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't like it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You say "Vettiper", and I say "Vipette." Let's call the whole thing off.
      Pol Pot Pie
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks exactly like what a Viper Kit Car would look like on a Miata chassis.

        • 7 Years Ago
        @Pol Pot Pie
        Yeah, I see Viper, Vette, and Cobra on a Miata chassis as well. Not godawful, just a little too busy. Are fender vents the most overused styling element these days?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't care for it. Way too fussy. On the side alone, there is a front fender vent, that weird strake in the middle of the door (which clashes with the front fender vent), the rear fender vent, the side pipes, etc.

      It is all too much.
      • 7 Years Ago
      barf - o - rama...what an insult to motor car design!
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