Welcome to Car Concept Designs

Our handcrafted concept cars are artwork fiberglass custom creations which are designed to allow you to build them as a kit car or we will build a complete turnkey vehicle for you, customized to your specifications if possible.


We are located in the Bay Area of California. From hot rods to sports cars reminisent of the “Scarab” and “Cobra” along with the GT series automobile, at PKDesigns our work is art.


When our chief designer/artist is not painting or sculpting, he is working on cars which are his latest passion. Merlin Cofano has been in this industry for over 47 years!

Merlin

The MERLIN
A 60’s Retro European Sports Car

The MERLIN is our interpretation of the exotic European sports cars of the 1960’s. Utilizing the 240, 260 or 280Z Datsun as a donor car, we make various improvements and re-body the vehicle. The client chooses color and options. 

The MERLIN is available as a turnkey vehicle. The “Street Version” price is just $24,900, or choose the “Street Racer” version for only $41,900. The client can opt to provide the donor vehicle for a credit of $5,500. 

Ready to drive in less than 90 days from order acceptance.

General Description
Front engine
Rear wheel drive
Two seat coupe
Powertrain
Engine: Inline six
Displacement: 2565 CC
Transmission: Four speed manual
Horsepower: 162 @ 5600 (without improvements)

Suspension: Standard McPherson struts
Steering: Standard Datsun Z
Brakes: Optional Datsun rear disk brakes

Dimensions
Body: 168″ L x 67″ W x 49″ H
Wheelbase: Standard Datsun Z
Wheels: Front ~ 8×15, Rear ~ 10×15
Tires: Front ~ P235x15, Rear ~ P295x15


Stage One Kit ~ Street Version
Turnkey $24,900*
Includes:
A street legal, ready to drive MERLIN in working order with all standard equipment.
• Headlamps & covers, tail lights and directional lights.
• Custom seats (choose from “cobra” seats with 4-point harnesses).
• Goodrich tires.
• Your choice of Hallibrand, Daytona or Zenith wheels.

Stage Two Kit ~ Street/Racer Version
Turnkey $41,900*
Includes:
A street legal, ready to drive MERLIN in working order with all standard equipment as shown above plus items listed below.
• Adjustable coil-over front & rear 
• Front & rear Datsun disk brakes
• Steel roll bar
• MOMO steering wheel and gearshift
• Engine rebuild with Webber’s (up to $5,000)
• Aluminum radiator
• Engine compartment and interior s/s cross bar
• Borla exhaust
• Headers exhaust manifold
• Jaz Fuel racing cell
• Optima battery with hold down
• Racing dashboard and gauges option or standard Ferrari or NASCAR
• Choice of hatchback or no hatchback

*You may substract $5,500 from these prices if you supply a 240Z, 260Z or 280Z Datsun in good condition. Street Version price becomes $19,400 and Street/Racer price becomes $36,400.


Prices do not include tax. All prices F.O.B. Petaluma, CA.

Returns subject to a 25% restocking fee. Prior written permission for return must be submitted to PKDesigns, and authorized before return of items will be accepted. Shipment of returned goods must be prepaid or it will not be accepted. No returns after 90 days. 

PK Designs , reserves the right to change or modify equipment, specifications or pricing at any time without prior written notice. Licensing is the responsibility of the buyer. Buyer accepts full responsibility for construction, maintenance and operation of buyer’s vehicle. Buyer agrees not to replicate or copy any items included in the packages or optional items.

Dena

The DENA 
The Original Boulevard Buggy 

The DENA is a modern interpretation of the phenomenon that arrived on the scene in the 1960’s, but this buggy is meant more for the street than the dunes. Dena has been designed to be fun, good on gas, and ultra easy to build. She’s reasonably priced and able to take advantage of the vast VW parts aftermarket. All of these advantages are wrapped in delicious, up-to-the-minute bodywork.

BODY ONLY PACKAGE

Introductory Price   $7850.00

This package is designed for those who would like to utilize a shortened Volkswagon Beetle floor plan or build their own 80″ wheelbase chassis. Our custom designed rear engine chassis is available.

Blue Chassis

STAGE ONE PACKAGE ~ Basic Body and Custom Blue Chassis

$9,995.00

Body Only Package components along with the DENA Custom  Blue Chassis, Mounting Hardware and our Assembly Manual.

STAGE TWO PACKAGE ~ Roller Kit

$14,995.00

BODY ONLY PACKAGE components along with DENA Custom Blue Chassis, Mounting Hardware and our Assembly Manual plus the following:

 * 4 Wheel Disc Brake Package with Emergency Brakes *Dual Master Cylinder Pedal Assembly with separate Clutch Master Cylinder * All Brake Lines including Stainless Steel Flex Lines to Calipers *10 Gallon Fuel Tank & Fuel Line * Custom Foot Pedal Assembly – Accelerator Pedal * Steering Gear and Shift Assembly * Complete Wiring Harness, Full Lighting & Gauge Package, Switches & Horn * Mirrors – Side and Rear View * Complete Upholstery Package * KYB Front Shocks, Full Ball Joint Front Suspension with Aldan Eagle Shocks [coil over rear] * Latches and Hinges * Wheel and Tire Package * Rear Axle Shafts including CV Joints *

See Our F.A.Q.s for Package Breakdowns

STAGE THREE PACKAGE ~ Turnkey minus engine – Blue Chassis

$18,995.00

Includes all Stage Two Components Plus * Heavy Duty Rebuild Transaxle with Short Throw Shifter * All components are assembled to a rolling chassis stage and ready for your choice of engine which may be adapted to the transaxle * Painted Body Parts with your choice of up to two colors-you may deduct $1000.00 if you chose to paint the body yourself *

FULL TURNKEY PACKAGE AVAILABLE

FULL TURNKEY PACKAGE

Introductory Price   $41,995.00

This package includes our custom built chassis [Red Chassis] for mid engine configuration only!

 * Currently being produced using a 1776cc Volkswagon Engine with Webbers and Porsche Shroud, this chassis will allow for the use of the 914 Porsche Engine with 901 Transmission * This completely Assembled Vehicle  includes the chassis with adjustable four wheel  independent suspension and Aldan full custom adjustable coil over shocks front and rear * Also included are all STAGE THREE ‘KIT’ components as well as * Full Custom Interior Package * Four Point Harness * Full Custom Exhaust System * Your choice of up to two paint colors for the body, or deduct $1000.00 if you paint it yourself *

OTHER INTERIOR UPGRADE OPTIONS

*Seats * Gauges and Switches *

~We will work with you to design your dream car~ Call for Pricing Using Porsche Engine Configuration

Design and Pricing Subject To Change

Prices do not include tax and all prices are F.O.B. Petaluma, CA.

Engines 1975 and Earlier Are SMOG Exempt

Licensing is the responsibility of the owner and is done under “Special Construction”

FAQs

What are the accessories packages breakdown for the stage[s] ‘kit’ build?

Everything Pertains To The Stage Two Kit on the Blue Chassis – Rear Engine Configuration

Complete Upholstery Package?

bulletPadded Foam Seats -Black or Brown Leatherette Vinyl
bulletCarpeted Sides, Floor, Inside Firewall and Console

Gauge/Switch Package?

bulletDigital Readouts in Choice of Red or Blue L.E.D.’s
bulletSpeedometer and Tachometer or Combo Unit
bulletFuel Level
bulletOil Pressure
bulletEngine or Oil Temperature
bulletVolt/Amp
bulletIgnition Toggle-Flip Up Covers [Red] Provided On All Switches
bulletThree [3] Aux. Accessories Toggles – Driving Lights-Wiper-General Purpose
bulletHeavy Duty Steering Column Mounted Turn Signal Switch and Flashers
bulletFloor Mounted Dimmer Switch-No Cover

Full Lighting Package?

bulletFour [4] Bullet Style Headlamps
bulletTwo [2] Driving Lights
bulletRear Brake Lights
bulletFront and Rear Turn Lights L/R

Full Tire and Wheel Package?

bulletFour [4] 8X12 Four [4] Lug Aluminum Rims – (Douglas or CNC)
bulletTwo [2] Size P245X15 Front Tires
bulletTwo [2] Size P295X15 Rear Tires

Fuse/Relay Panel?

bulletPainless (c) 12 Circuit ATO Panel Prewired and Labeled Terminals, Wiring Lugs, Spare Fuses and the Turn Flasher Relays with Wiring Instructions.

Artist

Baryla Khodorkovsky, AKA Merlin Cofano, creates art that challenge’s the orthodox, resulting in a revolutionary interpretation of everything you have thought about art.

Khodorkovsky holds a great respect for the masters and has studied and investigated fine art throughout the world. In his travels, he has absorbed and developed his art, blending traditional and modern techniques with great intensity.

Khodorkovsky creates sculptures of contemporary chariots as well — custom automobiles. These fine automotive designs have won international recognition along with his art and can be found in private collections worldwide.

Baryla Khodorkovsky is a renowned romantic. He can often be seen wandering the streets of Florence or Venice, sketching as he strolls, or sitting in a café painting his favorite subject: a woman sipping an espresso.

Khodorkovsky’s philosophy of life is that one must indulge oneself in the great theater — “To live your drama and chase your dreams, daring to be whatever or whomever you wish, but always playing your role to your greatest ability.” He says this with dancing eyes and a face gleaming with childlike excitement.

Khodorkovsky once said he is compelled to create while gazing upwards towards the sky.

“For me, to paint is the very breath of my life. Without art to express my heart, my soul would simply disappear.”

Services Offered

Along with building concept cars we have recently added a service to repair damaged fiberglass car body parts. As members of the Northern Califonia Kit Car Club, we have offered car owners with damaged parts an opportunity to have their damaged car parts repaired instead of replaced.

Many dune buggy or kit car owners find auto body repair shops to be unable to fix fiberglass or obtain customised fenders, spoilers, or flairs for their particular vehicle. We have a source to match your original paint job and color or can just primer coat the repaired part.
Simply fill out our quote form and we will provide you with a free estimate.

Northern California Kit Car Club

Merlin Street Racer

THE MERLIN

General Description
Front engine
Rear wheel drive
Two seat coupe
Powertrain  Engine: Inline six
Displacement: 2565 CC
Transmission: Four speed manual
Horsepower: 162 @ 5600 (without improvements)

Suspension: Standard McPherson struts
Steering: Standard Datsun Z
Brakes: Optional Datsun rear disk brakes

Dimensions
Body: 168″ L x 67″ W x 49″ H
Wheelbase: Standard Datsun Z
Wheels: Front ~ 8×15, Rear ~ 10×15
Tires: Front ~ P235x15, Rear ~ P295x15


Stage One Kit ~$7,995.00 
Street  Racer Version
Turnkey $24,900-You furnish the donor
Includes:
A street legal, ready to drive MERLIN in working order with all standard equipment.
• Headlamps & covers, tail lights and directional lights.
• Custom seats (choose from “Corbeau” seats with 4-point harnesses).
• Goodrich tires.
• Your choice of Hallibrand, Daytona or Zenith wheels.


Prices do not include tax. All prices F.O.B. Cotati, CA.

Returns subject to a 25% restocking fee. Prior written permission for return must be submitted to PKDesigns, and authorized before return of items will be accepted. Shipment of returned goods must be prepaid or it will not be accepted. No returns after 90 days.

Dena Body Package

Specifications:
Grey Slick Sand Primered Fiberglass Body Parts

1. Top and sides + Floor pan, moulded seats, dash panel, windshield posts
2. Hood
3. L/R Doors
4. Trunk Cover
5. Rear Engine Access
6. Lower Rear Panel
7. Bug Pack Wiring Harness
8. Lights

Assembly of these parts is done using a shortened VW floor pan [14″ taken out] or any 80″ wheelbase chassis you make or have made

Pricing

Pricing for 2010 on the Dena are as follows:

Complete Kit – Body Parts-Lights-Bug Pack Wiring Harness
–  $7500.00
Remove and replace on your donor,
add $2500.00 


Custom parts are available through the advertisers in Hot VW Magazine and are purchased at the discretion of the owner and must be shipped to our shop if we are to put together the vehicle for you.

Additional labor charges for placement/wiring or installation of non-stock parts will be incurred. 

Specifications

Specifications on these vehicles vary according to your needs. We have a standardized build for each vehicle, but we will work with you to build the cars your way as much as possible. Each of these vehicles utilize a donor vehicle and can be built by you as a ‘kit’ or we will build it for you as a complete turnkey vehicle. 

The standardized Merlin “Dena” is constructed utilizing a modified VW Chassis with all stock parts and accessories. You provide the donor.

The standardized Merlin “Street Racer ‘Z’ is constructed utilizing a stock donor Datsun 240, 260, 280.  Again you  provide your own donor. After have discussed your needs, we will put together a quote for you and get your authorization and deposit. As of this posting, we are booked through June 2010.