15 Feb 2013

Mystery solved

Thanks to some excellent detective work by John Maries in the UK the identity of the mystery car below is solved.It is a Vimp.

Created in Kingswood, Surrey (UK) by Tom Karen (the driver) and Andrew Waddicor. Vimp was a cross between imp and vamp.
In order to sit in the car the windshield together with dashboard and steering wheel had to be folded forward. Max speed was 80 km/h.(!) In spite of the planning there followed no serial production.
Later Tom Karen joined the Ogle design team. In 1969 he designed the cult vehicle the Bond Bug.

He is still alive (perhaps surprising given some of the vehicles he designed) and was honoured at Loughborough University in 2001 for his contribution to British design.

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