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The Rochdale company was started at the end of the second world war by Frank Butterworth and Harry Smith. In the early 50s, they produced a number of lightweight bodyshells for a variety of chassis. In 1954, they launched their first glassfibre body shell, the Mark VI.

This was quickly followed by the C-type, F-type, ST, GT and Riviera which were generally used with Ford chassis and components. 1960 saw the launch of Rochdale's most famous model, the Olympic. A fire in 1961 all but destroyed Rochdale and the only model to survive the fire was the Olympic. Rochdale continued to build the Olympic until the early 70s .

Models produced by Rochdale

C-type

C-type

1954-1961

F-type

F-type

1954-1961

GT

GT

1957-1961

MkVI

MkVI

1954-1961

Olympic Phase 1

Olympic Phase 1

1960-1963

Olympic Phase II

Olympic Phase II

1963-1972

Riviera

Riviera

1959-1961

ST

ST

1955-1961

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