Are youthful folks into it way too, or is it just us outdated fogeys who enjoy the watch down a extended vehicle bonnet? How did that at any time turn out to be a point? Was it down to the impression of Noddy’s multicoloured motor in our black and white childhoods, or was it a stability thing stemming from the feeling that you would be further absent from a head-on incident in a motor vehicle that shape than you would be in a Mini?
No matter what it is, the extensive bonnet/short cabin design and style most undoubtedly has significant attractiveness for a important proportion of the motoring population. Odd, then, that so couple businesses have found healthy to supply merchandise for that current market. If you lower price package autos produced out of stinky fibreglass and outdated Marina drivetrains – which you seriously really should – you would have to admit that Morgan has been covering it rather a great deal solo.
Unless, that is, you were mindful of the Atalanta Bluebird which is now for sale in PH Classifieds. The remarkable story of Atalanta is nicely discussed in the advertisement so we are going to skip over most of that for now, touching only briefly on the speculate of a firm that started out in 1937 and went in double-quick time from race-aggressive 1.5- and 2.-litre fours (in the beginning built for Frazer Nashes) to a 4.3-litre Lincoln Zephyr V12 before switching to the manufacture of pumping machines for the Second World War.
The 22 or so cars and trucks they did handle to make ahead of war intervened showcased progressive engineering like fully unbiased suspension all round, twin-spark heads and lightweight resources these as duralumin and electron. They arrived out extremely nicely in present-day highway assessments and appreciated a degree of achievement in the two rally and speed demo activities that was exceptional considering how youthful the enterprise was. They even ran a performs entry at Le Mans in 1938 only to be sidelined by a broken driveshaft.
The car or truck you might be on the lookout at listed here is 1 of 3 continuation autos constructed so far by Atalanta Motors, a business established up in 2011 to custom made-create autos mixing the authentic 1930s Atalanta art deco vibe with the appreciable rewards of extra present day tech, resources and tactics. So the two-seater bodies are customarily worked in aluminium more than ash, but the chassis is a light-weight welded and bonded aluminium composite.
The Borg Warner T9 five-pace gearbox harks back again to the initial cars’ Warner synchro overdrive boxes but is current with an aluminium-cased minimal slip diff. The suspension is the primary impartial style but has upgraded castings and tailor-made, 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 fashion. The steering is unassisted rack and pinion with a completely collapsible column.
What is the motor even though? Well, it is a 2.5-litre normally aspirated four with variable timing ‘developed in residence by Atalanta’ to develop 214hp with 198lb ft of torque. We’re heading to permit you beardy varieties consider to determine it from the engine pic on DK’s website.
The Atalanta’s VIN plate tells us it weighs 1,127kg. Excitingly, that is the same as the Lotus Exige Activity 350. Admittedly the Lotus experienced 345hp so it would maybe be unreasonable to expect Exige-like ranges of performance from the Atalanta, specially if you identified you driving into the tooth of a robust wind, but supercharged solutions are available to everyone commissioning their very own Atalanta.
The dash has that Morganesque ‘let’s toss some clocks at it and see exactly where they finish up’ seem to it, which of course is accurately as it should really be. Not positive what wooden they utilized to maintain them in spot but PH’s resident carpenter tells us it truly is not walnut or maple.
A car or truck just like this (or specifically like this if it was the similar auto) was on show in the rotunda of the RAC Club in Pall Mall a few of many years back again. It could however be there for all we know, we have not been back again considering that the exclusion get was created. Point remaining that the RAC would not stick any aged hack in its rotunda. This is a pukka equipment.
Frustratingly you have to use to DK to come across out the price tag. What could that be? Properly, when the first continuation was crafted five many years back we believe that rates started at £150,000 and there may well very well be a desirability quality on major of that now. Certainly, you can get a used Aston DBS Superleggera for the same funds, but how many of them do you see on the roadways on an regular working day? Fifty or sixty? Okay, possibly that wasn’t a very good case in point, but you get the drift. And you just about surely will get the drift on an Atalanta’s Blockley tyres.
in case you are questioning, Atalanta was a mythological Greek huntress blessed with tenacity and pace. As we are confident you know, there was a different car with Atalanta in its identify, the unforgettable Sizaire-Berwick 20CV Atalanta Sporting Torpedo of 1915. Regrettably, no visuals show up to exist of that motor vehicle but with a title of that magnitude you’d like to consider that the bonnet was completely enormous.