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.