Robin Hood Kit Cars
The Robin Hood kit car is one of the more famous kit cars on the market. Production began in the 1980’s using a Triumph TR7 as the donor vehicle. Back in those days, a kit only cost about 800 pounds sterling plus tax. For twenty years, kits were produced under the Robin Hood build and were very successful.
If you have a Robin Hood sports car today, you must have purchased your kit before 2006, or bought leftover stock after the sale to Great British Sports Cars in that year. Even after the company sold, the kits produced relied on Robin Hood engineering for most of the products.
After a while, the TR7 was exchanged for the Triumph Dolomite as the donor vehicle, and at one time, production was almost shut down due to a court action from Caterham Cars. A solution was reached resulting in a change to the kit that kept the company running. Over the years, Robin Hood owners have formed clubs and support groups that hold exhibitions and plan trips together.
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Some prospective owners pay more than the standard when they buy a Robin Hood kit car for sale because they are no longer made. During the time of production, the Ford Sierra and the Ford Cortina were also used as donor vehicles. The value of the sports car was simple; it was less expensive to build a car with a kit than it was to find scrap parts in the junk yard, and the resulting finished product was better looking, too.
A two-seater sports car has long been the envy of men, young and old, who enjoy the adventure of riding in an open vehicle. The Locust 7 sports cars that were built in the years from 1957 to 1972 continue to be popular today, and that spawned the locost kit car that is a successor and rival to the Robin Hood.
Throughout the years, men have put the Robin Hood kits together with their sons and taught them something of the mechanics of the sports car. It has served to be a bridge between generations, forming a bond between family members. It has also been a way for the father to give his son or daughter an affordable means of transportation. Sometimes, these kits remain in families for many years.
The peak in popularity for the Robin Hood came in 1996 and 1997 when sales were over 500 kits per year. A hanging ruling on the Single Vehicle Approval test slowed kit sales as people wondered what affect it would have on kits. The government could not come to quick terms on the wording and implementation of the test, and this caused kit car sales to drop.
The owner of Robin Hood Engineering wanted to sell the business and pursue other interests, but no one was buying at the time. Because of heavy investments in new machinery when the business was doing so well, Robin Hood decided to introduce a new model.
The new model was nicknamed “the tubey” because of the tubed rails used in its assebly. The official name of the Robin Hood kit car was Project 2B as a personal reference to the name given in jest.
The 2B was reasonably successful bearing in mind the hard times for the industry. In about four months during 1999, bulk collections totaled 205 kits. The Robin Hood kit car company carried on until the sale in 2006 to GBS. Although the emblem has become different slightly on the front of the kit, you can still see the profile of Robin Hood pictured in advertisements and at the site of GBS.