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Rod’s Hartnett is a rare beast (update: with Panhard engine!)

Rod’s Hartnett is a rare beast
We learn new things every day, here at Postwarclassics. And when a reader sends in a line or two about an automobile we’d never heard of - he or she makes our day. When some good pictures are added to the one or two lines, he or she makes it even better!

Rod Fulton is one of them, and he contacted us to show his 1951 Hartnett. Rod wrote: “Built on the chassis and motor designed by Frenchman Jean-Albert Gregoire in 1943, this Hartnett car was in production in Australia from 1950 to 1955 in 4 models: a 4-seater Sedan; 4-seater Tourer; 2-seater Sports and a 4-seater Station Wagon. Only some 125 were made in total as the bodies/panels had to be hand built due to a problem with the manufacturer and the court case that followed."

Now that is an intriguing car, mate. In fact, Rod's car is believed to be the last Hartnett left registered on the road with 3 of them surviving on display in Australian museums. Rod fully restored his 1951 Sports modell including its 592cc air-cooled flat-twin. Well done Rod, and make sure it keeps rolling!

(Pictures courtesy Rod Fulton)

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#1 2015-05-19 11:53
Nice, and TY !
You only miss to write that the engine was a french Panhard.

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