5. May 2009 05:00
We're not really ones for posting single links to ebay sales, so we'll attempt to expand on this one a little, so you can understand how cool this sale is and maybe some rich benefactor may decide to look kindly upon us and buy it as a present!
Above is a photo as it is now, however the first incarnation of this awesome Hillman Husky to hit print was in November 1988, built by Chris Hay as an everyday street rod works van for his plumbing business, pulled along quite happily by a 2 litre Alfa twin cam lump. It is pure unadulterated cool already, smooth body, subtle custom mods, great paint and detailing as well as a bit of a power hike! You can see the Street Machine article on the Beardmore Brothers Website here.
This wasn't the end of the story for this particular Husky though. It dissappeared for a while when it was bought by one Dave Rothwell, a man of considerable talent within the UK hot rodding and custom scene. This Husky can be seen in the background of a photoshoot from Custom Car in 1995, but it wasn't until 2000 that it got a feature of its own. Dave Rothwell is a credit to this hobby, a man with talent and a consummate attention to detail. He also isn't a man who has a rules book it would appear. Once it broke cover again the car featured a turbo charged Cosworth engine, new paint, new interior, new wheels and a few other subtle exterior mods, like indicators, as well as sprucing up of the breaks and running gear. The full Custom Car feature can also be found on the Beardmore Brothers Website.
Not only is this car a reflection of the quality of retro cars in the UK scene, but it has also served as an inspiration to many current car builders, and hopefully future car builders, an exercise in suitable mods performed very well from the first incarnation to its current state.
So if you fancy buying it, check out the ebay advert. If you do buy it, please feel free to drop us an email,.. or the keys.