COVENTRY - Lea-Francis, the UK's second-oldest carmaker, will present two sports cars at the Birmingham auto show in October.
The pair of two-seat roadsters will have classic mid-1960s British-style bodies on a shared aluminum alloy chassis and suspension.
The chassis was designed by Jim Randle, a former engineering chief at Jaguar.
The prototype chassis was shown at an engineering conference in Gaydon, UK, last November.
The all-aluminum-alloy frame weighs only 120kg, yet is very stiff by open two-seater standards. The frame can be built without jigs. It is made of extrusions, mostly of sheet aluminum, which is laser-cut, punched and formed, and joined by tenon-joints, rivets and bonding.
The front suspension has no conventional anti-sway bar. Instead, it uses the suspension springs and dampers to give both anti-roll resistance and anti-roll damping.
Power will be supplied by a BMW 4.0-liter V-8.
Director Barrie Price, owner of Lea-Francis Cars and the name Lea-Francis since 1962, said planned production would be around 200 units a year. The base price will be about £45,000 ($74,000).
Randle's company, Randle Engineering, owns several of the patents covering manipulation of aluminum extrusions jointly with Banbury-based British Aluminium.