Lot 150 - 1967 Triumph Mistral
|Odometer reading||34,530 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £15,000|
Microplas Ltd. was founded in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire in the early 1950's by a group of 750 Motor Club enthusiasts who got together to design and produce an all-enveloping glass fibre body shell for the Austin Seven chassis. Its first design, the Stiletto, was followed in 1955 by the Mistral. Intended for the contemporary Ford Ten chassis with a 7' 6'' wheelbase, the original round-tail Mistral looked rather like a scaled down Jaguar D-Type. Cresting the wave of the 1950's kit car boom, Microplas rapidly expanded, relocating to Mitcham, Surrey and supplying Mistral body shells, its most successful product, to a number of independent producers including Buckler, Fairthorpe and TVR.
This one-of-a-kind Triumph Mistral, built on a chassis of a Triumph TR3, the front end of an Austin A60 and engine and gearbox from Triumph TR4, was built in the late 1960's by electrical engineer, Anthony Snapper. It features an overdrive for high speed cruising and the later Kamm tail Mistral bodyshell. With the running gear based on a Triumph, parts and availability are accessible and affordable making this Mistral an attractive proposition to keep on the road. The car sits on wire wheels and has a tonneau cover to keep the elements at bay while the driver and co-driver are supported by bucket seats. The dash features a passenger map reading light and transmission tunnel-mounted start button.
Following Mr. Snapper's retirement, the car was advertised for sale and featured in Classic & Sports Car magazine in July 2001 with the previous owner being a motor racing enthusiast describing the car as fun to drive.
The car boasts a charming patina that only time and use can achieve and it would be a shame to renovate the paint work. Ideal for various sprints, hill-climbs and rallies, this unique motor car would be a great first step into historic motorsport.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.