Are youthful folks into it as well, or is it just us outdated folks who get pleasure from the perspective down a long motor vehicle bonnet? How did that ever develop into a thing? Was it down to the impact of Noddy’s multicoloured motor in our black and white childhoods, or was it a security detail stemming from the feeling that you would be further absent from a head-on accident in a car or truck that condition than you would be in a Mini?
Whichever it is, the lengthy bonnet/limited cabin style and design most absolutely has critical enchantment for a important proportion of the motoring inhabitants. Odd, then, that so number of organizations have seen match to supply product or service for that marketplace. If you low cost package vehicles built out of smelly fibreglass and old Marina drivetrains – which you actually should really – you would have to admit that Morgan has been covering it really much solo.
Unless of course, that is, you ended up knowledgeable of the Atalanta Bluebird which is now for sale in PH Classifieds. The extraordinary story of Atalanta is properly described in the ad so we’ll skip about most of that for now, touching only briefly on the surprise of a firm that started out in 1937 and went in double-brief time from race-competitive 1.5- and 2.-litre fours (in the beginning intended for Frazer Nashes) to a 4.3-litre Lincoln Zephyr V12 before switching to the manufacture of pumping machines for the 2nd Planet War.
The 22 or so cars they did take care of to make just before war intervened featured ground breaking technology like thoroughly unbiased suspension all spherical, twin-spark heads and light-weight resources these as duralumin and electron. They arrived out very perfectly in modern day highway tests and relished a stage of success in each rally and speed trial gatherings that was amazing thinking about how young the firm was. They even ran a will work entry at Le Mans in 1938 only to be sidelined by a damaged driveshaft.
The car or truck you are searching at right here is just one of a few continuation cars built so far by Atalanta Motors, a agency established up in 2011 to custom made-make cars blending the unique 1930s Atalanta artwork deco vibe with the appreciable advantages of far more modern tech, products and approaches. So the two-seater bodies are typically worked in aluminium about ash, but the chassis is a light-weight welded and bonded aluminium composite.
The Borg Warner T9 five-pace gearbox harks again to the initial cars’ Warner synchro overdrive bins but is up to date with an aluminium-cased minimal slip diff. The suspension is the authentic unbiased layout but has upgraded castings and customized, remotely adjustable coilover shocks. Braking is by disc with 4-piston calipers on all corners but the 18 x 4 painted wire wheels are pure Rudge Whitworth type. The steering is unassisted rack and pinion with a completely collapsible column.
What is the motor though? Effectively, it’s a 2.5-litre obviously aspirated four with variable timing ‘developed in home by Atalanta’ to develop 214hp with 198lb ft of torque. We’re going to enable you beardy kinds try out to determine it from the motor pic on DK’s web-site.
The Atalanta’s VIN plate tells us it weighs 1,127kg. Excitingly, that’s the similar as the Lotus Exige Sport 350. Admittedly the Lotus experienced 345hp so it would possibly be unreasonable to count on Exige-like stages of functionality from the Atalanta, primarily if you found your self driving into the teeth of a strong wind, but supercharged alternatives are accessible to any one commissioning their possess Atalanta.
The sprint has that Morganesque ‘let’s toss some clocks at it and see wherever they close up’ appear to it, which of class is accurately as it must be. Not sure what wood they employed to maintain them in area but PH’s resident carpenter tells us it’s not walnut or maple.
A car just like this (or accurately like this if it was the identical vehicle) was on exhibit in the rotunda of the RAC Club in Pall Mall a couple of a long time back. It may possibly even now be there for all we know, we have not been again since the exclusion order was designed. Position staying that the RAC would not stick any previous hack in its rotunda. This is a pukka equipment.
Frustratingly you have to apply to DK to find out the selling price. What may well that be? Effectively, when the 1st continuation was designed 5 several years back we believe that prices commenced at £150,000 and there could well be a desirability premium on best of that now. Yes, you can get a applied Aston DBS Superleggera for the very same money, but how several of them do you see on the streets on an typical working day? Fifty or sixty? Okay, perhaps that wasn’t a great illustration, but you get the drift. And you practically definitely will get the drift on an Atalanta’s Blockley tyres.
in circumstance you are asking yourself, Atalanta was a mythological Greek huntress blessed with tenacity and speed. As we are sure you know, there was another auto with Atalanta in its name, the unforgettable Sizaire-Berwick 20CV Atalanta Sporting Torpedo of 1915. Regrettably, no visuals look to exist of that car but with a name of that magnitude you would like to think that the bonnet was certainly enormous.