Noble Ascari Prototype

Prototype cars are always especially interesting because they show all of the designer's original intentions before the necessities of production forced changes. That is exactly the case for this Ascari F/GT prototype penned by British supercar specialist Lee Noble that is currently for sale on eBay Motors. It has never been registered and never been significantly driven, according to the seller.

Noble is likely best known for his eponymous Noble Automotive company, but earlier in his career, he designed the F/GT. However, he left Ascari before manufacturing began, and production versions have a somewhat different design.

The seller claims that this is one of three F/GT cars in the States and the only US-spec prototype. A mid-mounted Ford 4.7 4.6-liter V8 with around 400 horsepower paired to a Porsche five-speed transaxle motivates the rear wheels. The body is made from unstressed fiberglass laid over a high-carbon steel spaceframe, but the rear wing, rear valence panel and dashboard are made from carbon fiber, according to the seller. The interior offers some conveniences, with leather-covered sport seats, air conditioning and an Alcantara-trimmed dashboard.

With any one-off, prototype car like this, it is absolutely vital to confirm the facts about the car before buying. For instance, the seller lists the car as a 2004 model, but cursory research indicates production ended in the late '90s when the model was supplanted by the fixed-headlamp Ecosse. Bidding currently sits at $60,200 with 20 bids and about 4 days to go, but the reserve is not yet met. If the rest of the story checks out, this looks like it could be a fun piece of '90s supercar history. Scroll down to watch videos of the car starting up, revving and a walk-around.

UPDATE: The engine is a 4.6-liter Ford V8, not a 4.7-liter V8 as originally written.