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Scorpion K 19

1972 - 1975

The Mirage K 18, later known as the Scorpion K 19, went into production briefly at Telford in the mid-70's. It was displayed at the 1973 London Motor Show on the Innes Lee Motor Company's stand (£2,250).
Innes Lee Motor Co. Ltd.
Factory D1, Stafford Park 2, Telford, Salop
Tel.: 0952 - 617 296

1972 - 1974: Rycam Engineering Ltd., Sutton coldfield, Warwickshire
1974 - 1975: Rycam Engineering Ltd., Telford, Salop.

It was designed by Tom Killeen, an Irishman. In the early 1950's Mr. Killeen had been designing monocoque racing cars chassis. His front engined monocoque Sports racers were well ahead of their time. He claimed to have made the world's very first monocoque already in 1950.
All Scorpions had 998cc engines and standard Imp running gear.

The prototype was built in a small workshop in Sutton Coldfield.
Tests were carried out at Blackrock Sands near Portmadoc in North Wales, and a brief road test even appeared in 'Motor'.

The brochure

Elegance and efficiency

The race-bred lines of the Scorpion combine elegance and efficiency in a way that few but the leading Italian sports marques ever achieve. The low, lean body shows its true pedrigree, and its hand-finished construction in corrosion esistant glass fibre means the lightness that a performance sport coupé demands.

The fully-retractable headlights, the gullwing doors, the Kamm racing tail, and the specially-commisioned alloy wheels complement this, to give the Scorpion a leading position in UK specialist car design.

Lead the field - with the Scorpion

Luxury and comfort

Luxury has been defined as "an abundant provision of means of ease and pleasure". With the Scorpion, luxury is standard.

From the fully-instrumented deep-padded fascia to the full carpeting, from the standard radio and stereo cassette or cartridge player to the specially-designed seats, the Scorpion cares about luxury.

Tinted glass keeps the glare out, and a complete heating and ventilation system keeps the comfort in. Just a few reasons why the Scorpion is everything a luxury sports coupé should be.

Performance and safety

The Scorpion means power. It's one-litre engine is developed from the Chrysler Imp Sport unit. Combine this with the minimal weight and smooth aerodynamics, and the Scorpion gives you rivetting performance. Top speed is over 100 mph, and 10 seconds will take you from rest to over 60 mph, yet the Scorpion will run at more than 40 mpg.

The Scorpion combines this impressive performance with an outstanding level of safety. The stell monocoque construction, originated by the Scorpion's experienced designer Tom Killeen, is used in its authentic form, matching nearly all successful modern racing cars. The driver and passenger are safely seated in a steel hull, protected by waist high sills, stell gullwing doors, and a tubular steel rollcage.

Add brilliant roadholding, via fully independent suspension and a low centre of gravity, plus real stopping power via Girling, and the Scorpion gives you everything a safe high performance coupé should be.


Brief Specification

Power Unit  Developed 998cc. O.H.C. alloy engine. Rear mounted. Twin Zenith/Stromberg 125 CDs side-draught variable choke carburettors. Fuel tank capacity 6 gallons (27 litres). Front mounted radiator, capacity 16 pints (9 litres). Oil cooler.

Transmission  Gearbox: 4 speed and reverse, manual change, synchromesh on all gears. Rear transaxle.

Suspension  Fully independent front and rear suspension.

Steering  Rack and pinion. 12" specially designed dural steering wheel with padded rim. Turning circle: 25 ft.

Wheels and tyres  12 x 5J specially-designed cast aluminium wheels. Goodyear G800 155 SR 12 radial ply tyres.

Brakes  Girling hydraulic. Front: discs. Rear: drums. Cable operaed hand brake on rear drums.

Electrical equipment  Retractable 7" x 5" rectangular tungsten headlights. Reversing lamps. Auxiliary quartz halogen spot lamps. Hazard warning system. Single blade two speed wiper.

Bodywork  The low drag body comprises a one-piece glass fibre outer shell superimposed on a steel monocoque centre section, with built-in roll bar. The steel gullwing doors can be readily removed for open-air motoring.

Instruments  Electronic speedometer, tachometer, odometer. Oil pressure, coolant temperature, ammeter and fuel gauges. Clock.

Interior Fittings  Interior light. Cigar lighter, Stalk control system on steering column for direction indicators, horn, headlight dipping and flashing. Combined radio and stereo cassette or 8-track cartridge player.

Seating  Specially-designed Restall fully adjustable seats with built-in head restraints. Diagonal lap belts.

Heating and ventilation  Integral heater/fresh air unit. Face level fresh air vents.

Overal length:
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Dry weight:
approx. 11 cwt

Maybe ten cars were made.

drawing of Scorpion


Scorpion logo

The Scorpion marque has been registered twice:

  1. Scorpion (1972-1975)
    • 1972-1973: Innes Lee Motor Co Ltd, Telford, Salop.
    • 1973-1975, Rycam Engineering Ltd, Telford, Salop.
  2. Scorpion (1981-now)
    • 1981-  : A. Evans Mouldings, Storbridge, West Midlands

Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2006
Hi Franka (?)

Love the site.
As a kit car enthusiast, I was particularly interested to see the Imp specials, some of which I was familiar with.
I have attached a couple of shots taken at the Newark Kit Car Show in the mid 90s. One is of a modified Scorpion/Mirage and the other of the Red Liner (I hadn't realised it was Imp-based). Feel free to use them on your site.

Keep up the good work.

Gary Jordan
  Scorpion Mirage

The Imp Site
Imp specials

The Killeen Cars / Robert J. Allan
• chapter: Rycam Mirage K18
• chapter: Innes Lee Scorpion K19 (around 10, 1973-4)
British Motor Manufacturers 1894-1960: Killeen