News : Hustler 6 unearthed and it’s for sale

Towns Hustler 6

If you’re in the market for an Interstyl Hustler 6, your luck is in. This wonderful one-owner model has been found after almost two decades languishing in a suburban garage in the West Midlands, and it’s being offered for sale. The car, which comes with a full set of documentation, is being offered on a ‘sealed bid’ basis.

You can read all about the Towns Hustler on AROnline, but it’s an exclusive thing, especially as it’s one of the wooden-bodied cars. The Hustler was launched in 1978 amid much hype as it came from the fertile mind of the man who brought us the Aston Martin Lagonda, and would go on to design the Aston Martin Bulldog.

This car was ordered in 1982 and was built by 1987, when it was used regularly and soon became well known among the locals. As far as we can tell from its MoT history, it remained on the road until the late-1990s, when its owner garaged it in his West Midlands home, where it has remained since. It comes with tons of paperwork which includes the original bill of sale, blueprints for the car, letters from William Towns and a selection of MoT certificates.

It’s been under cover since around 2000 in a well-ventilated, dry, concrete garage and, other than a thick coat of dust, looks to be in rude health bodily. The original owner of the car died a few years ago, and his wife is now is in residential care – the money from the Hustler’s sale will be used to help finance that.

So, if you are interested in buying it, please drop me an email and I will try to answer your questions. I will forward the details of anyone interested in making a sensible offer for the Hustler 6 to a family member handling the sale (I am not making anything from the sale). The car is located in the West Midlands and the seller is hoping it finds a new owner before the house where it is currently garaged is sold off – possibly by early March.

Anyway, watch the video and let me know what you think!

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16 Comments

  1. I’m amused to read: ” As far as we can tell from its MoT history, it remained on the road until the late-1990s”.

    How would it fare under today’s MoT requirements?

  2. It must have been an interesting sight when new with that wooden bodywork,how would you clean it,would you have to use a furniture polish such as Pledge or a solid beeswax polish. I look forward to seeing the Hustler when it’s fully restored

    • I guess it is varnished in which case you wash and wax it, but if not, then best to treat it like a yachts deck and use an oil treatment.

      • What is there to be enthusiastic about? It’s a dog kennel on wheels.Towns has form for designing hideous motors and this does nothing to alter my view on the matter.

  3. Lol standhill!

    I have to say can’t be bothered, it’s one of those weird “things” that came out of the 70s, along with the Tropicana and Rickshaw that Roy Haynes designed. Not a Towns classic.

    If its varnished Wood, just needs cleaning with water, but if too grimey then a soft brush and a mild detergent. Yacht oil/Danish oil is no good on varnished products as it can’t get into the grain and offer protection.

  4. If it weren’t for a planned complete restoration of a 30’s car – I’d have it in a flash. Anything that was/is so rare and so innovative appeals to those of us who despise the mundane. Not sure what is mean’t by ‘how would it fare at an MoT – I guess like any other period car. Even though we don’t need them 20’s cars with rear wheel brakes only still pass! It has to be this way. It’s a car ‘of the day’.
    Looking after the bodywork is no problem – no more so than the umpteen oddball
    fibreglass/plywood component cars we’ve had.
    No doubt someone will give it the love it deserves.

    • I have one of the other 5 Hustler 6’s in wood discovered to date. Happy to share my knowledge of these with enthusiasts of this iconic marque. With this one appearing I’ve been able to record 60 Hustler variants still ‘standing’

  5. Very interesting article. You can’t criticise the looks, just look at what VM’s and others have planned for city use today! If I screw my eyes up a bit, I can see it has all the styling cues of the Towns Lagonda. My immediate thought is, would I wish to renovate it – seems it should be remarkably easy for a carpenter – or would I wish to modernise it by deleting ‘A’ series power and popping in a complete classic car ‘electric’ kit? If I did the latter it would bear comparison to the new Citroen Ami and other current/forthcoming last-mile cars. I could imagine Amazon being particularly interested. Must take my tablets.

    • As you say Mike, very easy not just for a carpenter but the average DIY handyman like me. Of the 60 I’ve found to date it’s the wooden ones which appear to simply not rot. At all. The steel framed ones often rust internally from the squared ends. When I collected mine a couple of years ago it was brought to my home in a 300 mile low loader delivery. When we arrived we found that the 8×4 marine ply wood roof had disappeared during the journey. As had the roof rails.My anticipated 3 month restoration has taken 2 and 1/2 years so far as real life keeps getting in the way

  6. As you say Mike, very easy not just for a carpenter but the average DIY handyman like me. Of the 60 I’ve found to date it’s the wooden ones which appear to simply not rot. At all. The steel framed ones often rust internally from the squared ends. When I collected mine a couple of years ago it was brought to my home in a 300 mile low loader delivery. When we arrived we found that the 8×4 marine ply wood roof had disappeared during the journey. As had the roof rails.My anticipated 3 month restoration has taken 2 and 1/2 years so far as real life keeps getting in the way

  7. You own one!!! Mr Respect. Thank goodness there are folks like us who appreciate ‘out of the box’ thinking. I’ve found that criticism of us will for ever be levied by those who only appreciate the mundane and bland. But that’s good too because the German’s cater for this market – so everyone’s happy!!! I love it when the world is in harmony!

  8. I recommend checking out the Furious Driving channel on You Tube who has recently uploaded videos about two different Hustlers

  9. Or check out the hustler-registry.org site that has links to these and all other known Hustler youtube appearances

  10. this car reminds me of the Africar that was launched in the mid 80’s as a cheap car, made of wood with citroen engines and running gear and built for Africa.

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