Kit car magazines are rubbish.
To stay alive, they have to act as the unofficial mouthpiece for any new manufacturer. They get an exclusive first drive of the demonstrator and its a POS - but they can't say that in print, so all the well worn adages come out "of course the gearchange was stiff, but this will be rectified once production starts". Have I inadvertently climbed into the TARDIS and stepped back 15 years?
Hi Sudaddict - unfortunately all of the cars you list are out of production. The Minari was taken over by Adrenaline Motorsport who now produce the larger Scooby-based Murtaya. Ginetta obviously now produce the G50 as a fully-built car, and I think the G12 may still be in production for the Japanese market (G12 was a mid-engined car, initially with Hillman Imp, then Ford twin-cam) - might respond well to Alfa boxer treatment!
Finding a Nova in your neck of the woods would be tricky. The bodyshell is a semi-monocoque, so its very heavy for separate chassis applications. Green Machine is around 200 kg heavier than an Elise because my steel chassis duplicates a lot of the strength in the body. A full fibreglass monocoque is the answer, although the extensive glazing means it will never get close to 600 kg...
Another Alfa based kit car was the Clan Clover, a boxer engined derivative of the original Clan Crusader. Styling not to everyone's taste, and not as well developed mechanically as the original Imp-based car, but lightweight and jolly fast!
(Unfortunately not available as a kit today either).
Virtually the only new kit cars today are pathetic 7even clones. The only exotics are dubious restyles of the Lola T70 spider, the perennial GT40 and the weird but wonderful Ultima. All of these run small-block V8s of course
I think Supercharged is right - a fibreglass Alfa Sprint kit would do it for me - no more rust