This South African sports car was built between 1958-1964. One of it’s founders “stumbled” upon fiberglass technology while visting England in 1957. The new process intrigued the man and he invited his soon to be partner to England to master the body building technique. They came into contact with South African designer Verster de Wit (who was working on the Sunbeam Alpine) who helped them style their first car design and taught them the design process.
When they finally came upon a design they liked it was time to produce this lightweight sports car. So broke and wanting to return to South Africa they sold the first body mold in England for return plane tickets. In early 1958 they produced their first production car. Using the body molds they created and a ladder frame. Powered by a engines from either a Coventry Climax eller Ford Anglia. Later models could be upgraded with 1100 cc 85 horsepower engine from a Ford Cortina.
The interiors were spartan and simple. Featuring a center 3 gauge pod it offered no glove box and simple toggle switches. Early cars offered no heating system. No a problem in the blazing climate of South Africa. Later cars were exported to England and Canada so a basic heating system was offered. With its nimble suspension and light weight it was used for racing. That perfect combo made it a “Giant Killer” on the race track. Whipping heavy hitters from Porsche, Trumph and Austin Healey. Even today at Vintage SCCA events it still is a winning combo. Sadly this bargain basement racer was only made between 1958-1964 with less than 450 being made. Recently the company has been re-formed under another name and has started making this rare sports car again. Hvad Auto Is This?