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Fol­low­ing the re­cent cor­re­spon­dence on the ‘mys­tery’ sports car, the ac­com­pa­ny­ing photo shows a car I built in 1961. This fol­lowed the end of my Na­tional Ser­vice as a REME ve­hi­cle me­chanic in Malta and Libya.

The bodyshell is an Ed­ward Broth­ers EB50 mounted on a 1936 Ford Model Y chas­sis (EB shells first came out in 1959, cost­ing £39). It had a side­valve en­gine, and rod brakes con­verted to hy­draulic. The wind­screen and grille came from a breaker’s yard. The top is aluminium – I made it my­self. This was my first car and build­ing your own was quite com­mon in the 1960s. I have had Re­liant Scim­i­tars since 1978, glass­fi­bre, of course. I have owned my present one, a Scim­i­tar GTC Con­vert­ible, for 26 years. I am writ­ing this on my 80th birth­day and hope to be driv­ing my Scim­i­tar for many more years. My other car is a 2003 Vaux­hall Omega V6 – I have not seen an­other for a long time, so I guess they are get­ting rare.

Tony Carr, Bury St Edmunds, Suf­folk

Tony Carr built his first car in 1961 using an EB50 body on a Ford Model Y chas­sis.

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