Thursday, 3 March 2011
Staying in the theme of forgotten marques the subject of today's blog is Bowden, the brainchild of one of the UK's largest retailers of Specials vehicles Les Montgomery of Super Accessories in Bromley, Kent.
Les brought together the Bowden Chassis manufactured in Ottery St Mary, Devon designed to take a 4 cylinder Ford 1172 cc / 71 cui side valve motor then an engine of choice amongst specials builders also used by the likes of Lotus enthusiasts, and fit it with an enlarged Hamblin Cadet body which up to that time had been manufactured by Syd Hamblin of Sherbourne, Dorset to fit to Austin Seven chassis.
The Bowden Super Two kit is alleged to have been sold less power train at £99 / $ 250.
The F and CA letters suggest this vehicle might have a race history in the Sports Car Club of America Class F, if anybody recognises this vehicle please chime in below.
Less than 200 Bowden Super Two's are thought to have been built in the same time frame, 1960 - 1962, as the subject of yesterdays blog the Warwick.
Of all the vehicles I saw at Race Retro at the weekend I found this one particularly appealing having not heard of the manufacturer before, having a patina that if I had the resources I'd do my best to preserve while getting the car back into tip top shape and for being a relatively rare original.
Thanking my acquaintances at The Nostalgia Forum for their assistance with today's blog.
Hope you have enjoyed today's double cream edition of 'Getting a lil' psycho on tyres' and that you will join me to again tomorrow on Ferrari Friday for the second and final episode of the Millionaire Mystery. Don't forget to come back now !