Are youthful people into it far too, or is it just us previous fogeys who love the watch down a long car bonnet? How did that ever grow to be a point? Was it down to the impact of Noddy’s multicoloured motor in our black and white childhoods, or was it a safety thing stemming from the experience that you would be additional away from a head-on accident in a auto that form than you would be in a Mini?
Whatever it is, the long bonnet/quick cabin style and design most unquestionably has major enchantment for a considerable share of the motoring populace. Odd, then, that so few corporations have found match to supply product or service for that industry. If you discount kit cars made out of stinky fibreglass and outdated Marina drivetrains – which you seriously must – you’d have to acknowledge that Morgan has been covering it pretty a great deal solo.
Unless of course, that is, you ended up mindful of the Atalanta Bluebird which is at present for sale in PH Classifieds. The incredible tale of Atalanta is properly described in the ad so we are going to skip around most of that for now, touching only briefly on the marvel of a agency that started in 1937 and went in double-fast time from race-competitive 1.5- and 2.-litre fours (initially designed for Frazer Nashes) to a 4.3-litre Lincoln Zephyr V12 before switching to the manufacture of pumping machines for the Next Environment War.
The 22 or so vehicles they did handle to make just before war intervened showcased progressive technological know-how like fully independent suspension all round, twin-spark heads and lightweight resources these as duralumin and electron. They arrived out quite very well in modern day highway tests and liked a level of good results in equally rally and speed trial events that was outstanding looking at how younger the business was. They even ran a performs entry at Le Mans in 1938 only to be sidelined by a broken driveshaft.
The auto you might be hunting at below is a single of three continuation vehicles built so significantly by Atalanta Motors, a organization set up in 2011 to tailor made-create vehicles blending the first 1930s Atalanta art deco vibe with the appreciable gains of additional modern tech, materials and methods. So the two-seater bodies are typically labored in aluminium more than ash, but the chassis is a lightweight welded and bonded aluminium composite.
The Borg Warner T9 5-velocity gearbox harks again to the original cars’ Warner synchro overdrive boxes but is up-to-date with an aluminium-cased confined slip diff. The suspension is the original independent design but has upgraded castings and tailored, 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 entirely collapsible column.
What is actually the engine nevertheless? Properly, it is really a 2.5-litre obviously aspirated four with variable timing ‘developed in dwelling by Atalanta’ to generate 214hp with 198lb ft of torque. We’re going to permit you beardy forms try to identify it from the engine pic on DK’s web page.
The Atalanta’s VIN plate tells us it weighs 1,127kg. Excitingly, that’s the same as the Lotus Exige Activity 350. Admittedly the Lotus had 345hp so it would probably be unreasonable to expect Exige-like degrees of efficiency from the Atalanta, in particular if you found yourself driving into the teeth of a solid wind, but supercharged solutions are accessible to any one commissioning their have Atalanta.
The sprint has that Morganesque ‘let’s throw some clocks at it and see where they stop up’ seem to it, which of class is particularly as it must be. Not absolutely sure what wood they utilized to keep them in spot but PH’s resident carpenter tells us it is not walnut or maple.
A auto just like this (or precisely like this if it was the identical car) was on display in the rotunda of the RAC Club in Pall Shopping mall a couple of a long time back. It might however be there for all we know, we have not been back again considering that the exclusion get was made. Stage currently being that the RAC would not adhere any outdated hack in its rotunda. This is a pukka machine.
Frustratingly you have to implement to DK to locate out the price. What may that be? Effectively, when the 1st continuation was designed five years back we believe that price ranges started at £150,000 and there could well be a desirability high quality on major of that now. Yes, you can get a employed Aston DBS Superleggera for the exact funds, but how a lot of of them do you see on the roads on an common working day? Fifty or sixty? Ok, maybe that wasn’t a excellent illustration, but you get the drift. And you almost undoubtedly will get the drift on an Atalanta’s Blockley tyres.
in situation you happen to be wondering, Atalanta was a mythological Greek huntress blessed with tenacity and velocity. As we are confident you know, there was yet another motor vehicle with Atalanta in its title, the unforgettable Sizaire-Berwick 20CV Atalanta Sporting Torpedo of 1915. Sadly, no images appear to exist of that car but with a name of that magnitude you’d like to consider that the bonnet was totally large.