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.




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      Phillip
      • 9 Months Ago
      Looks like a Pontiac Fiero with one of those cheap body kits, yuck! I can think of many better cars to spends $60k + on.
        carguy1701
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Phillip
        The interior does have an 80s vibe (what we can see of it, anyway).
      Carac
      • 9 Months Ago
      Buy it, drive the wheels off.
      Jeffrey Jue
      • 9 Months Ago
      I remember when pics of this car were super scarce (along with every other supercar) This car back then seemed super exotic.
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      Unless its been bored over (or stroked), that's a 4.6L, not a 4.7L. Also, the VIN comes back as a 2002 Boxster S, with 53,761 miles as of July 3rd, 2013.
      Bernard
      • 9 Months Ago
      Flip up headlights are still cool.
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      Unless its been bored over (or stroked), that's a 4.6L, not a 4.7L. Also, the VIN comes back as a 2002 Boxster S.
        carguy1701
        • 9 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        A Boxster S with 53,761 miles as of July 3rd, 2013, I might add. Something smells fishy.
          carguy1701
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          Lander: No idea, but the VIN alone raises a red flag, along with the fact that this designed was supposedly retired by 2004.
          Lander
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          their disclaimer says, "The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith." can you really just claim whatever you want and then throw that "disclaimer" there and it becomes legal? seems interesting... but probably has a simple explanation... maybe...
      Bobby Stranger
      • 7 Months Ago
      Pre 2013 (before the changes made to eBay search) we were doing quite well. Now things have gotten tougher! I've noticed an increase in sales when the number of watchers are healthy: http://theauctionbayseller.com/improve-ebay-ranking