Lot 425 - 1970 RMB Gentry
|Estimate||£4,000 - £6,000|
|Result||Sold - £4,256|
The RMB Gentry is a British kit car styled to resemble an MGTF. It was offered for sale to the public by RMB Motors of Barwell, Leicestershire from 1974, with the original prototype having been completed at the end of 1973. There were 15 kits were supplied in this first year, rising to over 80 per year by 1979 and the company was formed by Roger Blockley who had worked for the Triumph. The car was built on a modified Triumph Herald chassis supporting aluminium over marine ply body tub with an aluminium bonnet, engine bay sides and 'fuel tank', with fibreglass wings and doors. The rights to the car were sold in 1989 to S.P. Motors founded by Gentry owners, Mick Sinclair and Terry Phillips and they developed a Ford based version of the car. Mick Sinclair left the company in 1997 and the name changed to TP Motors who modified the design to take parts from the Ford Sierra. In 2001 the factory unit was sold and the company closed selling the design in 2002 to the Vintage Motor Car Company based at Doncaster in Yorkshire but few if any cars were made. In 2008 the design moved to new owners who formed the Gentry Car Company based in Nuneaton and restarted production.
This RMB Gentry is registered as a 1970 Triumph SP Gentry and is based upon a Triumph Herald 13/60 saloon chassis, running gear and driven by the early 13/60 Herald 1296 cc engine. This engine has been rebuilt within the last 1500 miles and the all synchromesh four speed gearbox operates easily. Full weather equipment is supplied including a hood, side screens and tonneau cover.
The car has current Historic status road fund licence, valid until the end of July 2014 and the vendor advises that the Gentry will arrive at the sale with a fresh MoT test certificate. With 2014 marking the 40th anniversary of the Gentry, what better way to join in the celebrations and enjoy the summer than with this attractive little sports car.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.