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Restoration experts John Berry and Peter Ibbotson formed B.R.A. to produce an AC Cobra replica, though unusually it was moulded from an original 289 narrow-arch model. The first examples incorporated a front spoiler, aero screens, squared wheel arches and a bigger interior, but more accurate replicas followed. MGB mechanicals sat in a steel multi-tube chassis with double wishbone front suspension and a leaf sprung live rear axle. A V8 version was also offered from 1982. A 427 replica followed in 1984, boasting Jaguar suspension in a platform chassis designed by Gerry Hawkridge (later of Transformer). Rover V8 engines were the recommended power units, though American V8s were possible. The 427 project was eventually sold to a German firm. The J-Type of 1984 was a cycle-winged 2-seater inspired by the 1930s MG Midget, with MGB suspension and a choice of MG or Ford engines, while the P-Type was the same car with flowing wings. Out of character was a Mini Moke replica for Fiat Panda parts, with a steel body and tubular chassis, and a 4x4 option, but only one was built. B.R.A.’s final model was the 1992 CX3 trike, a Honda CX V-twin motorbike engined Morgan-style barrel-back car. Manufacture of the trike passed to a Welsh firm, which, in 1998, also presented a Citroen 2CV-powered version called the CV3. The original Doncaster partners retired in 1993 but the P-Type project was passed on to Rodney Rushton in 1995. The A.C. 289 replica ended up with Tyler.

Models produced by B.R.A.

1978-2002

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