TWO ATTRACTIVE NEW F NET SP °CIALS
THE are many enthusiasts who desire a car of outstanding performance, which carries a closed body, and yet at the same time retains the smartness and beauty of outline generally confined to the open sports car.
They will find their wants admirably filled by the new ” Patrician ” coupe 2/4 seater Hornet Special, which has just been placed on the market by the R.E.A.L. Carriage Works, Ltd., Popes Lane, Ealing, W.5.
As will be seen from the accompanying illustration the ” Patrician ” is a beautifully proportioned 2/4 seater coupe, with a single panel sloping windscreen, eddy-free front, sliding roof, and a semi-flush spare wheel mounted at the rear. Equipped with concealed direction indicators, dual arm windscreen wipers, concealed luggage boot, and chromium plated bright parts, the car can be supplied in an attractive range of 8 colour schemes, and at the price asked, £285, represents extraordinarily good value for money.
The instant success of the Hornet Special showed very clearly the market for a small and compact sports car with a good performance. The Continental two-seater, which is marketed by Pox and Nichols, of Tolworth Motor Service Station, Kingston By-Pass, Surbiton, is a notable addition to the range. All the Specials which have so far appeared have been either occasional
four seaters or saloons, but Mr. Fox has made a notable break-away in the car under review. The design owes some of its inspiration to the Alfas and Fiats whose graceful lines one admires so much on the Continent. The long well-louvred bonnet and the sweeping wing line suggest effortless speed, while the pneumatic upholstery and universally adjustable
seats look after one’s creature comfort. The tail is entirely devoted to a carpet-lined luggage space, capable of holding two large suitcases or even a small trunk, which is readily accessible by raising a large hinged lid. Golf clubs can be accommodated between the suitcases, and as there is a space between the seats, the car will even carry fishing rods or other lengthy impedimenta within the body space.
The hood, when not in use, is completely concealed, but is readily erected on raising a hinged flap on the tail.
The colour scheme of the car we saw was most attractive, the top part of the body being a slate grey and the sides and chassis black, a red band edged with white separating the two colours and following the sweep of the body. Red wheels were also fitted. ‘The body has been built by Abbey Coachwork Ltd., and the finish and rigidity is in keeping with their usual high standard.
The Hornet Special chassis has been described frequently in these columns, and does not require further mention, but the clean lines of the body should allow an improvement on the 75 m.p.h. which these chassis attain.