Llama
Bob Blackman and Colin Valentine own the only two Llamas
known to the Imp Club. Bob's car was at National 99, Colin's is
(and I quote himself:) 'almost' running, and has been since 1997.

The Imp Site

Siva Llama

A kit car designer, Neville Trickett, thought up a Mini-Mokish car using Mini parts and a steel chassis and a fibreglass body. He continued to use the Imp engine & gearbox and suspension parts in a similar looking variant. This was taken in production by Siva as the Llama.

The Siva Motor Car Company Ltd., based at Aylesbury (Bucks.), marketed the Llama in Britain as a fun and utility vehicle, starting with the 1974 Motor Show.

At the time they claimed an assembly plant in the Lebanon and other overseas locations. There were also claims of sales in Malta, Seychelles, the West Indies and Middle East. The publicity handout said: "The whole conception of the Llama is that of a cheap economical utility vehicle capable of production in developing countries where there is a shortage of skilled labour and a need for industrialisation."

Siva offered plans, tools and techniques to any (third world) country that wanted to set up an indigenous motor industry.

An 80 hours Do-It-Yourself packet: a simple glass fiber body, a tough tubular steel chassis (other source states: square steel frame chassis), and the trusty Hillman Imp engine, transmission and suspension. The kit included all glass and seats.
Detachable roof.

 

Siva (1969-1976)
• 1969-1974, Neville Trickett Design Ltd., Brynston, Blandford, Dorset
• 1972-1976, Siva Motor Car Co Ltd., Aylesbury, Bucks.

It was available as a convertible, a saloon or a van, or with an open top.

Not every owner was a fan.
It seems the gear change had suffered from from the Imp-to-Llama transplant.
Other criticism:

 

Colin Valentine has made several attempts to track down rumours of other Llamas, but so far (21 May 1999) without success.
Any info on the whereabouts of others would be much appreciated.

When the Siva operation failed in 1978, the moulds for most of the Siva vehicles were bought by a Mr. Cyril Malem of CTG Racing Ltd. of Wimborne, Dorset. He still had them in 1984.

The Llama was produced in very limited numbers during 1976/1977.
The first one ever to be produced was seen in the television series Doctor Who, where John Pertwee drove it all through one series.
It was restored by Mike Sturrock (Iver, Bucks.), at age 15 (1983). He wrote to The Imp Club that he was amazed at the strength of the chassis and body.

 


Brochure

Siva Motor Car Co Ltd.
P.O. Box 41
Central Trading Estate
Gatehouse Road
Aylesbury
Bucks HP19 3 DF
Phone: Aylesbury (0296) 87321

 

There's nothing like it in the country

Llama

by Siva

   Siva Llama brochure - front

What exactly is the Llama, we're asked as soon as someone takes even a glace at it? An open-top? A two-seater? A four? Solid doors or easy-zip flaps? A van? Work-horse? Cross-country? Family car? Fun car? And the answer is: yes! It's all of those things and any of those things. New cars are so often old cars with a face lift.
The Siva Llama is a new concept.

Strong, chunky, multi-purpose, changeable to suit your specific demands of it. An exciting new experience - but with valuable long experience behind it. Literally. At the rear of the Llama is a proven Chrysler power unit. Our heavy-duty fibre glass is lioght but strong, fire-resistant and rust-proof. The Llama is quite the most versatile vehicle on the road. Or off it!

You might be tempted to compare the Siva Llama to other famous versatile vehicles. Go ahead! It certainly shares their ability to eat up motorway miles almost as easily as it laps up a run over a farm-track. But the big difference is price. There's nothing near Llama's versatility at Llama's price. Even adding your choice of an extra top, there's still a saving over the competition. With its multipurpose nature, strict fuel economy, lively performance, and resistance to old bugbears such as rust and knocks - the Siva Llama is the way more cars will have to go. But the Llama's here now!

   Siva Llama brochure - middle

What a performer!

That word 'performance' is used very loosely, in our opinion, by so many people in the motor world.
Far too often it's taken to mean speed and speed alone.
Now the Siva Llama certainly moves. Over 80, with still some to come. That means a comfortable cruising speed of 70 mph.

But there's much more to performance that speed. You must think also of economy, handling, ride, traction, cornering, manoevrability; the Siva Llama combines all these in a strikingly original design. Neat, compact, sturdy, purposeful, it looks like it could take a hard-working life - and it can.
Get in, start up, and head for those rougher parts that most cars steer clear of - and the Llama comes into its own. High ground clearance means you're through where a conventional car's in a scrape.

Llama's rear engine adds weight over the driving wheels for traction when you need plenty of grip. A tight turning circle means fewer three-way turns when you're cramped for space. Economy naturally deoends on both the terrain and the driver. But you'd need a very heavy foot not to get 35 mpg. Steady road cruising will push that up to around 45 mpg (6.2 litres per 100 km).
As we said, there's nothing like it in the country.

Or in town. A Llama is a very civilised vehicle among traffic. Smooth a low revs, nippy when acceleration's called for, and so handy when it comes to parking.
Siva Llama is a different car. Unlike the looks of all the other cars around you.

But mechanically-speaking, it's an experienced vehicle. Llama's power components being those of the popular Chrysler Imp, you don't need to hunt around for spares or servicing. Chrysler's nationwide network of dealers are there to take care of you, too.

Test-drive a Siva Llama soon.
It's got so much to offer you for a lot less than most.

Chassis: rugged all-steel purpose-built Engine: four-cylinder overhead-camshaft rear-situated unit. Lightness from extensive use of aluminium alloy die casting. Cubic capacity 875cc. Maximum torque 49 lb/ft (DIN) at 2,600 rpm. Maximum power 42 gross bhp at 5,000 rpm, 37 DIN bhp at 4,800 rpm. Gearbox: four forward gears and reverse. Synchromesh on all forward gears. Centre floor change. Overall ratios: top 4.138:1, third 5.702:1, second 8.905:1, first 16.595:1, reverse 13.824:1. Front suspension: fully independent coil springs and swing axle. Telescopic shock absorbers in centre of each spring. Rear suspension: fully independent, coil springs and trailing links on detachable sub-frames. Telescopic shock absorbers. Brakes: Girling system with hydraulic operation. Steering: rack and pinion, greasless steering linkage. Turning circle: 342 ins (8690mm). Tyres: 155 x 12 in. Town and country type Fuel capacity: 6 gallon (27 litre) tank. Averange fuel consumption 45 mpg (6.2 litres per 100 km) Ground Clearance: a minimum clearance of 8 in (200 mm) Electrical: 12v battery Cibi headlamps Dimensions: Length 136 ins (3450 mm), width 57 ins (1450 mm), heigth 57 in (1450 mm), wheelbase 81 ins (2060 mm), track 50 ins (1270 mm) Weight: 1200 lb (545 kg) basic Top Speed: 85 mph (135 kph) approx. Standard Equipment: Laminated windscreen. Self-parking screen wipers; screen washers; combined headlamp flasher/ dip; turn indicator; horn; built-in heater and blower; seat belts; jacking kit Body Specifications: all models in two or four seater versions Roadster Basic: Open car. As front cover illustration. Standard colour: ivory Cabriolet Coup: Rear body section, removable roof section, side screens and rear panel Drop head coup: All-weather vinyl soft top; foldaway tubular metal frame, matching side screens Van: High load capacitywith rear body section, front roof, metal framed doors and rear panel Optional extras: radial ply tyres, 13 in wheels, rear seat. Alternative colours. Full tool kit
   Siva Llama brochure - back

 



  Tame Llama
Siva Press photo
Tame Llama

unknown magazine or newspaper, 1974

Inevitably, like any large company, British Leyland have made one or two unpopular decisions in their time. Not least of these was to put the Mini Moke out to grass. Its cheeky character and tough go-anywhere air found popularity with many, particularly the young and adventurous.

If you feel because of this that your ideal transport no longer exists, then focus on the Llama. No, not the furry sort, but the new glassfibre go-anywhere runabout by Siva.

Siva are best known for their gull-wing doored, Aston Martin-engined S530 that took pride of place on the styling stand at the 1971 Earls Court show. Prior to that, their designer, director Neville Trickett produced the Mule, the forerunner to the Llama and he was also responsible for the Dr Who car.

Priced at £1150 for the basic vehicle, the Llama has a body in self-coloured GRP, mounted on a treated steel chassis. All running gear is supplied by Chrysler and the car is powered by the 875cc Imp engine, mounted in the rear and driving the rear wheels. Initially sales will be restricted to the UK, but eventually its designers hope the simplicity of construction and consequent ease of assembly will find it favour in countries all over the world.

Carrying capacity is 600lb, turning circle 28ft and, as Siva claim, it can of course be serviced by any Chrysler dealer. We had a quick look at several versions of the Llama and drove one briefly on the road, but sadly not on the rough. We felt the finish was as they say, basic; perhaps a little too much so by modern standards. Also, having found the unladen ride quite firm even on smooth surfaces, we wonder how it would fare on the rough, with what is actually quite a low ground clearance and if it would in fact be any better than, say, a Renault 4 - a remarkably adaptable vehicle with go-anywhere tendencies that is considerable cheaper and better equipped. Time will tell.

 


Siva Llama 1974

Literature

Impressions 4 (1984), no. 5
Impressions 8 (1988), no. 6
Daniel Lamb has owned two Llamas; one (may have) had chassis number 7 and the other (may have) had chassis no. 1. The latter, register number RRP 8M, he bought in Devon and sold to York, where it still resides.
Impressions 14 (1994), no. 3 (March): a yellow on the front cover, owned at the time in Devon.
Bob Blackman brought a yellow one to National Day 1999

Siva Llama. - Drive : the AA magazine. - 1975 Summer
SBH 4M
reprinted in Impressions 1993 November. - pp. 34-35

Siva S160

The Siva 'S160' began as a project for Marcos as a GT with a Hillman Imp engine. Marcos dropped it. Siva re-designed it. The introduction was on the 1971 Racing Car Show. The 'Spyder' was based on a VW beetle floorpan. Special was that all the switchgear housed in the driver's door. A complete build car came for 895 pounds, a bare bodyshell for 525 pounds. There were in total 12 'S160 / Spyder' produced.



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Non-Imp information

S.I.V.A.

There's another company called Siva, or really S.I.V.A.: Società Italiana Vendita Automobili in Lecce, Italy. They made the sporty little Siva Sirio, which had a 2 litre V-6 with three double Webers.