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Re: 15 Years of Car Manufacture Left !

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:43 pm
by mab01uk
Graham Hill was loaned an Invacar after a racing collision, and was so horrified he campaigned against them even meeting the Prime Minister Ted Heath in Downing Street to show how difficult they were to control and unsafe in an accident. Pressure built up until the government called a stop to production in 1977. Disabled people could then get normal cars converted instead. Apparently the government allowed some of the happy AC/Invacar Model 70 owners to keep leasing their vehicles right up until 2003. Then suddenly the government decided all the Model 70s remaining should all be scrapped. Within a week, all of the Model 70s were rounded up and should have been scrapped but a few escaped the scrap yard and have since been restored by enthusiasts.....
Project Invacar:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeJCsce_AAc
Abandoned in a field for 14 years! Will it start? Project Invacar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipP6nnD7Wcg

Re: 15 Years of Car Manufacture Left !

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:17 pm
by JohnA
I remember working on one in the 60s that had broken down
Very noisy and horrible to drive
Many of them were driven by disabled soldiers from the war
It was quite normal in the 50s and 60s to see men with limbs missing
I think the Invacar gave some of them mobility which they wouldn't have had without it

Re: 15 Years of Car Manufacture Left !

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:27 pm
by ivor badger 3
The point about the blue AC built invacar was that it actually cost more than the Government would have paid for a Mini.

Re: 15 Years of Car Manufacture Left !

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:43 pm
by mab01uk
Pathe News - Invalid Tricycle Association Rally (1960)
Invalid Tricycle Association Rally at Hendon, London.
An adapted early Mini is featured at 2.45
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eYBuHDQceE

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Re: 15 Years of Car Manufacture Left !

Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:12 am
by Exminiman
If your going down this route you might as well get a P50 , ready assembled, or assemble yourself. Choice of bike engines or electric engines. Not sure what they cost, to be honest i quite like the look, would raise some smiles ......might even be a fanny magnet :lol: :lol:

https://p50cars.com/the-p50/specs/#1540 ... 65648-b9c0
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