A classic with modern underpinnings.

I do understand why some classic car enthusiasts turn their noses up at classic cars that have been modified or recreated.  There is a lot to be said for originality but people have been modifying cars since they first started to roll off the production line.  Motivated to create something unique, faster, better handling or different looking.

In recent years recreations have been increasingly popular with companies building stylish cars based on modern underpinnings.   David Brown (no, not the tractor magnate) has brought a sixties style sports car as well as the Mini remastered to market and they are fetching premium prices.  I can see why these cars appeal.  All the sex appeal of sixties inspired cars but with the benefit of modern brakes, safety systems and most important, reliability.

Ant Anstead has just launched his Tipo184, a unique car for moderate price.  Prices for the his self-build kits, based on Mazda MX-5 running gear, have been set at just £16,450.

The Motorsport UK-compliant Tipo184 evokes the Alfa Romeo 158, driven by Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1950s, widely regarded as one of the most successful race cars of all time.

Ant Anstead “I was so inspired by the Alfa 158 that I made my own version of it from scratch. It’s so satisfying building and then driving your own beautiful car that I wanted to give other enthusiasts the chance to get into their garages and workshops, open up the toolbox and do the same.

“Once it’s built, you have a car that will let you feel the sensations that Fangio would have experienced – balancing the car delicately in a four-wheel drift as you explore the limits of grip. It’s a car that will allow you to enjoy close racing with identical cars in a one-make series, or simply the thrill of driving it down a winding country road on a summer’s day.”

Tipo184 owners will be able to take part in a new race series, run in partnership with the British Racing & Sports Car Club (BRSCC). Billed as one of the most affordable single seater race series in the world, the series will start as a UK-based set of track days, culminating in a demo-race. The planned race format for 2022 will consist of a 15-minute qualifying session followed by two 15-minute races at major circuits across the UK. P

The Tipo184 starter kit can be purchased directly at www.tipo184.com 

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