Great British Cars often forgotten

Great British Cars often forgotten

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tomtrout

593 posts

107 months

Friday 23rd October 2015
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I spotted this lovely old Reliant Sabre at the revival. I think it has a straight six engine but not sure who made the engine.


72twink

932 posts

186 months

Friday 23rd October 2015
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2.5 litre straight 6 Ford engine from a Zodiac in a Sabre 6

mike9009

4,154 posts

187 months

Friday 23rd October 2015
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Maybe not a great British car, but certainly a Great British car and almost definitely forgotten!

It is a Enfield Safari, based upon a Jeep chassis with a 4.2 straight six. The photo is on the Isle of Wight, where the car was designed and built (in Cowes). It was designed by John Ackroyd who was later famed with designing Thrust 1 and Thrust 2.

Enfield were a spin off from Royal Enfield, and were designing and building electric cars on the Isle of Wight. I think only about 100 vehicles were built. The company was owned by a Greek shipping owner and so also had some manufacturing on the Isle of Syros in Greece.

Andrew Gray

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4,864 posts

93 months

Friday 23rd October 2015
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mike9009 said:


Maybe not a great British car, but certainly a Great British car and almost definitely forgotten!

It is a Enfield Safari, based upon a Jeep chassis with a 4.2 straight six. The photo is on the Isle of Wight, where the car was designed and built (in Cowes). It was designed by John Ackroyd who was later famed with designing Thrust 1 and Thrust 2.

Enfield were a spin off from Royal Enfield, and were designing and building electric cars on the Isle of Wight. I think only about 100 vehicles were built. The company was owned by a Greek shipping owner and so also had some manufacturing on the Isle of Syros in Greece.
Now that is nearly forgotten cant even find a Wikipedia info on it maybe someone should write one
Andrew

oliverb205

685 posts

170 months

Friday 23rd October 2015
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mike9009 said:


Maybe not a great British car, but certainly a Great British car and almost definitely forgotten!

It is a Enfield Safari, based upon a Jeep chassis with a 4.2 straight six. The photo is on the Isle of Wight, where the car was designed and built (in Cowes). It was designed by John Ackroyd who was later famed with designing Thrust 1 and Thrust 2.

Enfield were a spin off from Royal Enfield, and were designing and building electric cars on the Isle of Wight. I think only about 100 vehicles were built. The company was owned by a Greek shipping owner and so also had some manufacturing on the Isle of Syros in Greece.
Thanks for that, very interesting because the current issue of C&SC has an article about Sir John Samuel who was charged by the Greek tycoon mentioned above, John Goulandris, to run Enfield and produce the cars. The article has photos of the Enfield 465 and 8000, but not this one. Nice to link the story to this photo.

Oliver.

Pete F

46 posts

60 months

Friday 23rd October 2015
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Andrew Gray said:
Now that is nearly forgotten
You say that like it's a bad thing, not a looker was it? :-0

Andrew Gray

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4,864 posts

93 months

Friday 23rd October 2015
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Pete F said:
Andrew Gray said:
Now that is nearly forgotten
You say that like it's a bad thing, not a looker was it? :-0
No its not exactly a looker just nice to know about a car I had never heard of
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Vanin

954 posts

110 months

Saturday 24th October 2015
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Sorry I do not know how to put the photo on here

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin_A40_Sports

Roy C

4,116 posts

228 months

Saturday 24th October 2015
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1956 Paramount 1½-Litre Roadster. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramount_Cars






Andrew Gray

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4,864 posts

93 months

Saturday 24th October 2015
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Vanin said:
Sorry I do not know how to put the photo on here

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin_A40_Sports
Nice one


NormanP

18 posts

72 months

Saturday 24th October 2015
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As the Wikipedia article cited above discusses, the Austin A40 Sports was built by Jensen, a little brother of the Jensen Interceptor (no, not the one you’re thinking of…the 1950 model, so another often forgotten car) - same designer, Eric Neale:



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nicanary

6,776 posts

90 months

Saturday 24th October 2015
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I thought the thread was GREAT British cars. A Paramount and an A40 Sports?

Andrew Gray

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4,864 posts

93 months

Saturday 24th October 2015
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nicanary said:
I thought the thread was GREAT British cars. A Paramount and an A40 Sports?
I think its a matter of opinion we are still living in Great Britain and the Great there is a contentious subject but best saved for another thread wink
Andrew


Edited by Andrew Gray on Saturday 24th October 11:45

nicanary

6,776 posts

90 months

Saturday 24th October 2015
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Andrew Gray said:
nicanary said:
I thought the thread was GREAT British cars. A Paramount and an A40 Sports?
I think its a matter of opinion we are still living in Great Britain and the Great there is a contentious subject but best saved for another thread wink
Andrew

Know what ? I hadn't even read the title that way. Apologies.


Edited by Andrew Gray on Saturday 24th October 11:45

Astacus

2,670 posts

178 months

Saturday 24th October 2015
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Andrew Gray said:
Electron said:
I own a set of the moulds for it :-)

Next one ... Elva BMW

Another good one

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elva_(car_manufactur...

Andrew
Andrew, you'll know all about the designer of that car.......

One Trevor Fiore I think

Recognise the rear end?



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Edited by Astacus on Saturday 24th October 15:17

Andrew Gray

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4,864 posts

93 months

Saturday 24th October 2015
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Astacus said:
Andrew, you'll should all about the designer of that car.......

One Trevor Fiore I think

Recognise the rear end?



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Absolutely
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mph

2,105 posts

226 months

Saturday 24th October 2015
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So are we looking for British cars that are underappreciated and have perhaps fallen off the radar ?

If so I suggest in alphabetical order from A to E :-

Allard
Armstrong Siddeley
Berkeley
Bond
Britannia
Costin
Dellow
Elva

Not all of them are great but they are British.

GT6 Jonsey

540 posts

66 months

Saturday 24th October 2015
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Being a triumph TR man I have to chip in with this lot
Swallow doretti

GT6 Jonsey

540 posts

66 months

Saturday 24th October 2015
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Peerless

GT6 Jonsey

540 posts

66 months

Saturday 24th October 2015
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Warwick GT