Martin Ogilvie's Imp based special (WAD 256J) is a plain two seater, designed by himself. He made some scale models first.
He used the Imp mechanicals of a written-off Hillman Imp van; rebuilt engine; modified suspension; normal Imp cooling, but with a Kenlowe electric fan.
The worst head-ache of the whole project was dealing with the local licensing department to get it registered.
|Hours of work||1000, over an 18 month period|
|Constructing the body||nearly 8 months|
|Money spent||£ 450|
|Weight||10 CWT exactly|
|Speed||0 - 50mph in 9.5 sec.|
|Dimensions||length: 11 ft.
width: 56 ins
height: 41.5 ins.
|Chassis||a combination frame/ monocoque made from inch square tubing with a centre section constructed from bonded and riveted aluminium sheet in the form of a pontoon hull|
|Shock absorbers||adjustable Armstrong|
|Carburettion||twin SU carbs
to be replace by 1.25 Strombergs along with a higher lift camshaft
|Exhaust manifold||four branch|
|Doors||alloy ? aluminium?
doors need strength to take the hinges, locks and the framework for the windows
|Lights||4 dipping QI headlamps|
|Tyres||Dunlop SP 68 radials|
|Camber||a bit negative|
|The Imp engine is kept at its original 45° tilt. This allows for a striking design above the rear decking.|
|The complete front section of the body hinges forward to give access to the fuel tank, hydraulic cylinders and suspension units.|
|The original idea was to fit twin radiators at the front. But this would require a change in de body line, the normal rear-mounted radiator was used.
Retractable pods were considered, but seen as an unnecessary complication.
Improvers ! - Hot Car 1971, February. - p.58-59
2 Imp Specials. Here's two readers who like their GT power Imp shaped
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