Monday, February 21, 2011

The Mystery of the Missing Fairthorpe Atomota

Fairthorpe Ltd. was founded by Air Vice Marshall Donald Bennett in 1954. One of his first cars, but certainly not one of his most successful, was the Fairthorpe Atomota. The Atomota was powered by a 650 cc BSA in-line twin.

Well...rumors have it that an Atomota made its way to the US -- ultimately to have its frame and engine replaced by a Subaru (probably a 360). But the car (if it ever existed) has disappeared. (Cue the spooky music.)

Have you ever heard of -- or seen -- the mustery US Atomota? Better you know where it is today? (And we certainly hope that changing automotive styles haven't led to the amputation of those wonderful wings.)