1947 Dellow Prototype Trials Car - SOLD
Dellow Motors Ltd was launched by Ken Delingpole and Ron Lowe to produce rugged road-going sports cars for enthusiasts to use on trials, rallies and hillclimbs. They won numerous events in the late 1940s and early 1950s, including the Daily Express National Rally and the Circuit of Ireland Rally against strong opposition. Notable works drivers included future Grand Prix driver Peter Collins and future multiple hillclimb champion Tony Marsh.
CAB 282 is one of the best-known examples of the marque and is one of two survivors of the four prototypes built by Dellow immediately after WW2. It was first owned for Lewis Tracey who was very active in club motorsport in the early post war years. Unlike the later production Dellows it has an Austin 7 chassis but in common with most Dellows it has an 1172cc Ford engine and a Ford front axle. During the 1940s and 50s the car was used in a wide variety of trials, circuit events and hillclimbs as well as being used on the road.
The car had a period in storage and by the 1970s it had fallen into a rather tired state, but fortunately it came into the hands of Peter Seabrook-Harris who over time restored it to its current lovely condition. The Dellow starts on the button and on the road it is very lively and handles well. It is very sound with a sweet engine, an easy to use Ford three-speed gearbox, taut suspension, good steering and strong brakes. It is great fun to drive and ready for classic trials.
Complete with a very comprehensive history file including dozens of original black and white photographs, letters, event reports and articles from motoring publications. The file also includes several restoration photos and a film of the car made at the 2006 Dellows Meeting at Shelsley Walsh, where the car attracted much attention. Also a fascinating three page article by Michael Ware which was published by The Automobile magazine in June 2013.
This historically significant competition car would grace any collection.