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More than you ever wanted to know:
Kelmark Engineering was a kit car manufacturer based in Okemos, Michigan. The name came from the two co-creators, Russ Keller and Randy Markham - hence KELMARK. Although they built complete vehicles, most Kelmarks were sold as kits.
The Kelmark GT debuted in 1969, based on the Dino 246 GT and a the 1968 Corvette Astro II XP-880 concept car. The "Independence" model was a fiberglass body kit for a Volkswagen chassis, while the "Liberator"model was more customized and could go on a tube frame, Porsche or VW chassis,or even a custom combination. They also built the “V8-Vair” a V8 chassis for the Corvair, and the “Sleeper”, a V8 chassis for the VW Bug.
The Kelmark Club believes they built between 1000 and 1200 cars. Although no records exist, probably about a hundred were factory-built vehicles and the rest were kits. The $20K Mario references was for a car featured in Car & Drive back in Nov, 1979 which tried to hit 200mph. I can’t find an exact MSRP figure, Kelmark sales literature was very coy about that at the time, but they were several grand IIRC.
Here’s an interesting comparison chart:
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