Look at this magnificent bastard right here. John Bender, of Hilliard, Ohio built two of these, apparently.

"I went to all the auto shows and whatnot and wanted my own dream car," Bender said. "So I just decided to build one." He employed a 2.3-liter Ford Pinto four-cylinder, but placed it in the center of the car's chassis. The Pinto's front sub-frame went under the front of the Ben-Dera, then a pair of leaf springs and the Pinto's rear axle kept the rear of the car from dragging. Fiberglass panels over a tubular space frame constituted the outrageous body. The second car used a 2.8-liter V-6 from a Mercury Bobcat, dismissed the three fins on the back and added air conditioning. Bender said he started the four-cylinder car in the early to mid-1980s and spent about three years and $40,000 on it. The second took less time because he already had the molds developed. "I was going to sell them (he advertised them for $19,750 as recently as seven years ago), but wasn't able to find a buyer," Bender said. "I got worried about people suing me."

Car and Driver did a great writeup on the man and his machine back in 1998: