The converters

Concepts : Towns Microdot

Concepts : Towns Microdot

William Towns had high hopes for the Microdot, but they would eventually come to nothing… The Microdot made its debut at the London Motor Show in 1976, where it couldn’t help but attract attention due to its typically neat, glassy styling – and its bright lime-green paintwork. However, its green credentials were more than skin-deep, […]

By 14 September 2016 3 Comments Read More →
The converters : Guyson E12 by William Towns

The converters : Guyson E12 by William Towns

Dating from 1974, this archetypal Towns design was essentially a reclothed E-type… Story by Declan Berridge One stormy night in 1972, hill-climb champion Jim Thomson – who was also Managing Director of shot-blasting equipment manufacturer Guyson International – lost control of his Series III E-type Jaguar on a country road near Wetherby in Yorkshire. Most […]

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The converters : Towns TXC Tracer

The converters : Towns TXC Tracer

This William Towns-styled Metro-based, mid-engined roadster brought the concept behind the MGF to fruition some 10 years earlier… Looks pretty racy, too. Tracer fire… If you think the Tracer has a familiar look to it, there could be several reasons for that. First of all, William Towns clearly drew inspriation from his rather more exotic 1980 […]

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The Converters : Towns Hustler

The Converters : Towns Hustler

Built around a pair of Mini subframes connected by a low-slung, monocoque steel floorpan, its lower body panels and clamshell bonnet were formed from fibreglass, while its upper-body styling mated a rakish front end to a boxy, hatchback-style rear framework filled with large panes of glass, and topped off with the a vinyl-covered roof fashioned from marine-grade plywood.

Mini – classic : Paul Banham Conversions

Mini – classic : Paul Banham Conversions

A chop-top Mini, or retro-style on a plate… To find out more, contact Kit Car magazine Banham Roadster IN 2003, having concentrated on the production of his own bodywork designs for several years, Paul Banham went back to his coachbuilding roots by offering this good-looking open-top version of the Mini. The aim here was to […]

The specialists : Rapport Forté

The specialists : Rapport Forté

You’d be hard-pressed to tell that the stunning Rapport Forté was based on the Jaguar XJ… Folding Jag Long before the likes of the Mercedes-Benz SLK and Peugeot 206CC had even been imagined, Chris Humberstone had developed this, the first sports car with a fully retractable hard top. Humberstone stated that, ‘once it was refined […]

Modified Metros : Crayford Metro Politan

Modified Metros : Crayford Metro Politan

It seems that few – if any – of these Crayford convertibles actually reached customers before the company decided to concentrate on its Fiesta conversions. And it had a Dr Who connection back in 1982… Open up and say ahh… In January 1981, Motor magazine reported that Crayford was planning to build a prototype convertible […]

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Tickford’s Ford : The Capri 2.8i Turbo

Tickford’s Ford : The Capri 2.8i Turbo

Richard David Nener During 1981 John Miles was writing for Autocar. At that time he purchased a 3.0-litre Capri from Ford’s press department and used this car as a test vehicle for over 25,000 miles. He installed a very modified 3.2-litre engine, and most importantly modified and tweaked the suspension. Miles was, and continues today, […]

Tickford’s Triumph : 1982 Stag upgrade

Tickford’s Triumph : 1982 Stag upgrade

David Richard Nener Tickford was asked in 1982 to upgrade a Black 1975 Triumph Stag for a customer, and it is the only one they fully did. He wanted it more luxurious and eye catching together with faster and more aggressive looking. The engine was suitably modified and a less restrictive Stainless exhaust fitted. The […]

Tickford’s Ford : RS200 road car production

Tickford’s Ford : RS200 road car production

Richard David Nener The RS200 was a pure two-seater, mid-engined, four-wheel drive car designed for Group B rally competition, to compete with the MG Metro 6R4 and Lancia 037. The car was conceived in 1983 as a collaboration between Ford and Reliant. It turned out to be a very expensive one for Ford, which invested […]

Tickford’s Ford : Orion 1600E

Tickford’s Ford : Orion 1600E

Richard David Nener In 1989, the Escort and Orion were coming to the end of their production run, and Ford wanted to send them off in style, as well as introduce a new halo model. Taking its inspiration from the Cortina Mk2 16ooE, and intended to sit in the range above the 1.6i Ghia, Ford […]

Auction Watch : Frazer-Tickford Metro

Auction Watch : Frazer-Tickford Metro

Keith Adams Appearing on eBay like a bolt from the blue, this little red bundle of joy looks like one of the most desirable Metro-shaped packages you’re going to find for sale this year. The Frazer-Tickford Metro is one of that whole raft of modified Metros that went on sale in the months following the […]

News : Lynx Eventers needed for birthday party

News : Lynx Eventers needed for birthday party

Keith Adams Owners of the handsome Lynx Eventer, shooting brake conversion of the Jaguar XJ-S, are invited to a rather special party to celebrate the car’s launch 30 years ago. Guy Black and Chris Keith-Lucas, the founders of Lynx will welcome Eventer owners to their workshops at CKL Developments and Aero Vintage on 20-21 October. […]

Auction Watch : The Le Mans Eventer

Auction Watch : The Le Mans Eventer

Keith Adams It’s not often we see a Lynx Eventer – the sublime shooting brake conversion of the Jaguar XJ-S – in the wild, especially on the auction circuit. So when we caught this car, which is coming up for sale at Artcurial’s Le Mans Classic sale in July, on the auction house’s lot list, […]

News : Bollinger Evoque at a bar near you…

News : Bollinger Evoque at a bar near you…

Keith Adams An unlikely partnership, or a synergy of brands? Whatever way you look at, it, the idea of a Range Rover Evoque Bollinger edition is an appealing one. Crafted by Range Rover in collaboration with Italian customisers Aznom, this unique Evoque features a wine-red paintjob with bronze trim and a matt black roof, with […]

The converters : Owen Sedanca

The converters : Owen Sedanca

Two years before Leyland launched the Jaguar XJ-S, the Jaguar dealership HR Owen came up with a coupe of its own… HR Owen had a penchant for commissioning customised Leyland products. Having enjoyed moderate success with the Crayford/FLM Panelcraft Rover P6 Estoura, their next project was altogether more ambitious: in September 1973, they presented the […]

By 26 September 2011 17 Comments Read More →
Radford 1100s

Radford 1100s

Details of the Radford-converted 1100s are still quite sketchy, but on this page we have tried to pull together what is currently known. ALONGSIDE its much better-known Mini de Ville conversions, Radford also fitted out a number of 1100s to their ususal high standards. The first conversions, completed in mid-1963, were based the Morris 1100, […]

By 25 September 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The converters : Wood & Pickett

The converters : Wood & Pickett

Having served their apprenticeship with Britain’s finest coachbuilding company, Messrs Wood and Pickett were well-placed to cater to the demanding customers who ordered cars from them decades later… A potted history IN 1947, Bill Wood and Les Pickett left their jobs at London’s top-notch coachbuilders Hooper to start their own bodyshop nearby in the same […]

By 25 September 2011 2 Comments Read More →
Rover Prestige

Rover Prestige

Borrowing its name from the Citroën CX, the Rover Prestige was Wood & Pickett’s luxury version of the SD1… WITH Minis and Range Rovers already under their belt, Wood & Pickett next added the Rover SD1 to their range of conversions. In the now-familiar W&P tradition, customers would start by choosing their base model (usually […]

By 25 September 2011 17 Comments Read More →
The converters : William Towns

The converters : William Towns

William Towns is probably most closely associated with Aston Martin, having been responsible for the design of such cars as the svelte DBS and the futuristic Lagonda. However, as early as 1969, Towns had become involved with British Leyland when he designed one of the so-called Triumph Puma proposals for project that would eventually deliver […]

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