This is a RARE replica of a pre-war Bugatti inspired Moonraker from the Dri-Sleeve Car Company in Warminster, Wiltshire, UK. The company existed for only one year, 1971. They produced only six vehicles and then closed their doors due to the introduction of VAT. This vehicle is the sixth and last example ever to be made. This car is number 6 of 6 and the only one in the United States. The original owner commissioned the car to be made on Oct. 11, 1971 and took delivery in the Spring of 1972. Because the company was closing, he was able to get the original blue prints, assembly line photos of the car being made and other paper work for the car. The car was stored away for many years. The second owner purchased it in the mid 90s and he too stored it away, only driving it a few miles a year. The car has only traveled about 650 total miles since new.
Manufacture date: 1972 March
Engine: Ford 4 cyl. Inline 1600cc
Rear axle: Ford 3.77:1 ratio
Gear box: Ford 4 spd. manual syncro
Front axle: Volkswagen
Front brakes: Disc, VW
Rear brakes: drum, Triumph
Shocks: front, Jonas Woodhead Rear, Koni Classic
Wheels: 5 aluminum 15” with 70/15 radials
Body: aluminum body with fiberglass boat tail, fiberglass fenders
Interior: leather seats/trim with machine turn aluminum dash, racing seat belts, period wooden steering wheel with cord rap.
History: very good documentation, blue prints, original purchase agreement, photos. The car has that great old world look with the driveablity/reliability of a more modern sports car. The overall condition is excellent, it’s ready to be used and enjoyed.
Central Classic Cars after purchasing the car has done the following things:
- Body/paint: paint correction on body and repainting the fenders
- Restoring 5 wheels and mounting new Dunlop tires
- Detailing/service front and rear suspension
- Detailing the interior
- New safety glass in both Brooklands
- New front brake calipers/pads/flex lines, rear drum cylinders/shoes, new master brake cylinder, fresh fluid
- Check out drivetrain and service
- Flush cooling system, new antifreeze/water
- Detail all bright work and lights/lens
- Check out/service wiring