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Tough to crack car puzzle #179

Tough to crack car puzzle #179
We’re sure this car, it’s nose proudly pointing out in the foreground of this picture, makes a tough car puzzle indeed. The picture comes from our own files and you won’t find a thing about the car in question on the world wide web. Still, we think you’ll be able to crack this nut. We give two major clues: There’s the car in the background, which forms the first giveaway. Secondly today itself forms another major hint. Today is a special day, and it links to this car directly. Its story certainly is obscure, but also rather interesting. Last but not least we’d want to add that – although it was made in small numbers - it’s not a one-off. So that you know!

You’ll have to deal with that. Over to you. And you know what we like to hear from you. Tell us in a 100-words answer all about this not very well known car and you may become the winner of this puzzle. Read the rules for entering the competition below by clicking on ‘Read more’. Good luck!


The Rules

1. Post your answer BEFORE Christmas day, March 19
2. Use no more than 100 words
3. Unless otherwise stated there is ONE winner
4. Be sure to mention if you were an earlier winner (1, 2 or Judge)
5. THREE time winners automatically become jury member, but there is no obligation in any way
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#6 Paul Elwell-Sutton 2018-03-19 23:32
I'm guessing its a Slough-built Citroen M35.
#5 Gerry Barrett 2018-03-19 14:57
This is a Firecrest. Irish based sportscar based on Mini running gear. Initiated by Doug Glover when working at Irish Austin assembly plant Lincoln and Nolan, the first prototype in 1961 was the DGS, the Doug Glover Special with different front styling,reg LZC 775 only three reputedly built in 1963 including one hardtop. 2 other regs I know were RZD407 and KZE999. One was written off at a hillclimb in 1970 in Dongeal by PJ Wilhare on a left hand bend at Knockalla subsequently named after him
#4 Henk Visscher 2018-03-19 00:00
Tough puzzle, indeed. Too tough for a Sunday evening. No firm identification; a few thoughts only. The first hint suggests a Mini connection. Hence, the pictured (Blyton Park ?) car is likely one of the many (mainly British) Mini-based kit cars of the 1960s and 1970s. March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. The second hint, therefore, might well point to Patrick Fitch, who was largely responsible for the popularity of GTM kit cars. However, the car clearly deviates from common GTM models by its dual headlights.
#3 Friedrich Hegemann 2018-03-18 21:15
Dear postwarclassic-crew,

oooh that was very difficult today - as not Mini-specialist without one of the marvellous Maximum Mini Books I can only guess and say:

Davenport, kit car from the sixties, based on a BMC-Mini, built on the green island.

Best regards from the snowy Nahe-valley
#2 Alan Spencer 2018-03-18 20:56
Well, you've certainly got me this week, Jeroen! What I discovered too late is that this car is probably documented in your publication, 'Maximum Mini' (Volume 1), perhaps under the section 'The Cars That Didn't Make It.' Anyway, based on your clues, and absent hard proof, I can only surmise that this Mini derivative must be the vehicle that St. Patrick used to drive the snakes out of Ireland!
#1 Gerd Klioba 2018-03-17 14:28
This is the 1963 Firecrest, a Mini-based sportscar with a fiberglass body, built in Dublin by Doug Glover. He was production manager of Lincoln & Nolan (Austin distributors for Ireland since 1927, assemblers since 1936). One prototype, initially called DGS (Doug Glover Special or Sports), and three cars were built. The prototype was used in competition, two cars were roadsters (one of them registered RZD407) and the third car (KZE999) was the hardtop coupe Firecrest GT. Racing driver PJ Wilhare crashed his Firecrest at the Knockalla hillclimb in 1970. The Firecrest project stalled when Doug Glover left the company.

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