We recently brought you news of the revival of historic coachbuilder Radford Motors. We can now bring you news of the first exciting project; the “62”. We take a look.
The first new Radford model, codenamed ‘Project 62’. It will be exclusive and production will be, you guessed it, limited to only 62 lucky owners.
The new Radford is based on the little known classic Lotus 62. It was built by Team Lotus in the late ‘60’s and was intended to enter the world of sports car racing. It reportedly had some success, winning its class at the time. But sadly, it raced very few times and in 1970, the ‘62’ was parked-up and never seen again.
Skip forward five decades, Radford are taking the mid-engine two seater concept, giving it a modern make-over and retaining the period feel. A good trick if they can pull it off. We assume that basically means an old looking car with modern day comforts?
Team Radford put it like this; “Project 62 is a mid-engine two-seater coupe endowed with luxurious appointments befitting a high end bespoke coachmaker. It will be sleek, elegant and cosseting but not at the expense of driver enjoyment. Created using Lotus technologies, the car will be mechanical, engaging and poised – a true driver’s car. Project 62 will be very distinctive. It will be the world’s first modern Radford.” In fairness, that put it much, much better than we did, so we’ll run with that.
Once up on its tyres, the 62, will be put through its paces by Radford co-founder Jenson Button. That should ensure the car is not all show and no go.
As British classic car lovers, we are over-the-moon to see the comeback of a Great British brand like Radford. No prices have been released, or indeed release dates released. Some sceptics in the classic car industry are, well, sceptical.
But we love a comeback. A plucky British one is even better. We’ll stick our necks out. We think reviving the classic Lotus 62 is going to be a winner for Radford! We’ll keep you posted.
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