You know those threads you come across every now and again that are just downright dangerous.
This. This is one of those threads.
Seems to be that there are a couple of consistent themes coming out here, which fit brilliantly with our cultural DNA. The first is a late-60s racer style speedster, cut-down windscreen or stripped out as light as possible, muted colours and/or race livery, dark wheels.
It seems we've had an obsession with lightness beyond pretty much any other country, even before Colin 'never give a washer a free ride' Chapman. Dead happy if obsessional and creative spartan lightness was one of our things. The pig-headed determination to drive around a completely roofless car in a country with an average of 133 days of rain a year feels very British too.
Then on the other side, you've got the Bentley Boys. Racers of the worlds fastest tractors. Honking great luxury tanks (for our standards), still modified with an eye to lightness, but definitely speed of the freight train variety. Again, subdued with darker wheels and not-so-shouty paint. Cars that will take walnut trim as fast as walnut trim has ever traveled.
Yep. I'd be dead happy with those as themes.
Have me eyeing up the spare Spitfire shell I have in my garage and the XJ40 sitting outside...
It had me looking funny at a few spitfires too when I first saw it. Then I locked on to the Healeys on here and have had half an eye out for one. Failing that, there’s a 60s styled kit car I’ve been watching in development that also floats my Cafe Racer boat!
I'm sure someone can find pictures, being old i'm useless at such things!
But look up the Vincent Hurricane and Sammio Spyder, both kit cars built on a Spitfire chassis and both very evocative of the Cafe Racer/weekend sportsmans look, the Sammio, which was in production at least till quite recently looks a bit like a 50s Maserati and the Vincent, which was made in the 1970s and 80s is a bit more modern and has a hint of TVR about it.
Both still turn up on ebay and specialist forums from time to time and I believe the rights to the Vincent are still in the hands of someone who will make you one if you ask nicely enough!