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Lot 010: Paramount Roadster

Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (24 June 2009)

Founded in 1948 by WA Hudson and S Underwood of Swadlincote in Derbyshire, Paramount Cars produced their first model in 1950. Looking somewhat similar to the contemporary Healey Abbott (featured elsewhere in this sale), the Paramount Drophead Coupe had swooping aluminium bodywork over an ash frame that was mounted on a separate tubular steel chassis with independent front suspension, semi elliptical leaf springs to the rear, a Salisbury axle and Girling brakes. It was originally intended to have Alvis engine and suspension but to reduce cost the production versions used Ford 10 components including the 1172cc side valve engines, but fitted with twin SU carburettors and larger valves which increased power to 68bhp. With a list price of �735 including taxes, the car was well built and equipped and was listed in both 2 and 4 seat versions.

In 1953, the company was bought by Camden Motors and production moved to Leighton Buzzard. The Ford Consul 1500cc engine was an option in a longer chassis as also was a Wade or Shorrocks supercharger. The price was now an uncompetitive �1,009 and production ceased in 1956 after only around 80 cars had been made. After the end of car production the remaining chassis were sold off and several were fitted with Rochdale glass-fibre bodies.

First registered in May 1958 to a Joseph Fulton of Caithness, this particular car is believed to have had only three further keepers before being acquired as a rolling chassis by the current vendor from well-known racer and motoring historian Duncan Rabagliati about two years ago. Recently fitted with a new ash frame, the car now has a Ford Consul MkII 1.7-litre engine and gearbox, although the original engine and box also comes with it. It is also fitted with the correct Paramount hub-caps, dashboard and instruments and comes with a windscreen and surround.

Supplied with a small quantity of spare parts, it also comes with a fair amount of documentation including a copy of the original buff log book, a V5 and a modern V5C, various magazine features and contemporary road tests and a signed copy of 'Paramount  Coachbuilt Cars from Derbyshire' by Peter Tutthill. Altogether a most rare and interesting survivor from the lesser known reaches of the UK car industry that richly deserves to be restored and put back on the road. It is being offered here entirely without reserve.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
TypeCar
Lot Number010
Estimate£4000-£6000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£1000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1958
Condition rating0
Registration numberSK 6296
Mileage-
Chassis number204E1N025655
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)1703
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors