AC cars are planning to return to the UK following the closure of its factory in Malta. Plans are in place to manufacture the AC Ace Mk2 and wider-bodied Mk3 at the AC Heritage and Brooklands Motor Company facility in Weybridge, Surrey.
Steve Gray, owner of AC Heritage & the Brooklands Motor Company has confirmed the continuation of these models using the traditional AC designed 'tubular' chassis and handcrafted lightweight aluminium body. He has said that AC Heritage plans to sell about 10 cars per year, produced at the new Avro Way facility at Brooklands.
ADR Engineering manufacturers racing cars and has its roots in an engineering business founded in the early 1950s supplying motorsport and non-motorsport companies with specialised, bespoke components. However, it was not until 2001 that ADR produced their first complete racing car, the ADR Sports 1000. Continuous development of their racing cars since then has resulted in a range of four successful models currently being offered at their premises in Holyport, Berkshire. As well as the racing car build, ADR are also specialists in the restoration of classic Jaguars and will also undertake work on other makes such as Minis, Ford GT40s and Mustangs, Ferrari P4s and Lamborghini race cars.
AK Sportscars Ltd was established in the mid 1980s and specialises in the manufacture of a replica, the AK 427, the design of which is based on an iconic 1960s two seater sports car. The name AK comes from the initials of the two founders of the company.
Based in Peterborough, AK Sportscars are one of the biggest producers of this type of replica car in the country. but have endeavoured to keep the company on a friendly basis. Knowing all their customers personally and always putting them first allows AK Sportscars to cater for their individual needs with an after sales service that is renowned for being second to none.
AK Sportscars firmly believe that, to keep quality high, everything that can be should be and is, manufactured in-house.
Sydney Allard was one of only a few men to have designed, built and then put into production, cars bearing their own name. Even fewer, if any, have gone on to build their own racing cars and compete in them, with such great achievements in such a wide range of motor sport competitions.
The Allard Motor Company was founded in London in 1945, although Sidney Allard had been building and racing specials for almost ten years. Production continued until 1958, during which time the company produced a number of highly individual sports and racing cars, enjoying considerable competition success with them.
One of the last models to be built was the Palm Beach Mk2, a pretty open two seater sports car, just eight of which were made between 1956 and 1958. Recently, the current Gloucester based company led by Lloyd and Alan Allard, together with some of the original design and engineering team, have announced plans to build a 'continuation' of this car, to be known as the Palm Beach Mk3.
The original Alvis Car Company was founded in 1919 in Coventry and over the ensuing years became well-known for producing sports cars of quality and performance. In 1968 the company relocated to nearby Kenilworth and although no longer producing cars they have continued to provide support for Alvis owners right up to the present day under the name of Red Triangle (after Alvis’s inverted triangle logo).
The Alvis Car Company has now resumed production of the famous 4.3 Litre Vanden Plas Tourer as a continuation model, 72 years after the last one was produced, and it is being built to individual customer order in Kenilworth. Since starting the Vanden Plas Tourer project, Alvis have susequently offered several other iconic models for continuation production.