One-off Bodin hits Bres­suire


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An­dré Bodin en­tered his self­built PRAB 1100 sports car racer in the Fifties-style street race week­end in western France.

1969 PRAB 1100 Ber­linette

‘Back in the Six­ties, Paul Ré­tail­leau and I put in over 10,000 hours to cre­ate our car, the PRAB,’ says co-cre­ator An­dré Bodin. ‘We were in the fi­nal year of our engi­neer­ing bac­calau­re­ates and wanted to cre­ate a pair of sports coupés, one for each of us.

‘We started with an ac­ci­dent dam­aged Re­nault R8 Ma­jor which pro­vided the chas­sis, mo­tor and me­chan­ics. Us­ing ply­wood for­m­ers, we shaped the body lines and used th­ese to pro­duce moulds for the glass­fi­bre body parts. The wooden dash­board is be­spoke, the seats scratch built and hand trimmed in leather, and we hand-fin­ished the bod­ies when they re­turned from mould­ing. Much prepa­ra­tion work fol­lowed to make the car ac­cept­able for ho­molo­ga­tion by the Ser­vices des Mines (the French MOT test equiv­a­lent). But it even­tu­ally is­sued a certificate of con­form­ity.

‘The 1108cc four-cylin­der R1132 en­gine, with a four-speed man­ual gear­box, is un­tuned so pro­duces just 50bhp. How­ever the car’s good for a max­i­mum 130kph – I proved mine on the Di­jon­prénois cir­cuit,’ Bodin ex­plains. ‘It han­dles well and the in­dus­try seemed im­pressed. But there are so many good projects and not all get to pro­duc­tion.’

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