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About Fairthorpe

Fairthorpe cars were made in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, England between 1954 and 1976.

Fairthorpe Ltd was founded by Air Vice Marshall Donald Bennett. The first cars were lightweight models powered by motor cycle engines and with glass fibre bodies called the Atom and Atomata. In 1956 a new larger car, the open 2 seat Electron appeared using a Coventry Climax engine. A reduced price version using a Triumph engine followed in 1957 and was the mainstay of production until 1973 with about 700 being built. There was also a closed version called the Electrina but only about 20 were produced. The cars were available fully assembled or in kit form. Production peaked at about 20 cars a month.

A high powered car, the Zeta, was introduced in 1960 using a modified Ford Zephyr engine with up to six carburettors and a BRM cylinder head. Another version, the Rockette used a Triumph Vitesse 1600 cc engine, few were made of either of these models. In 1961 the company moved to Gerrards Cross and in 1964 to Denham, both in Buckinghamshire.

In 1967 Donald Bennett's son Torix (Torix Bennett) joined the company and a new car the TX-GT based on a Triumph GT6 chassis but with transverse rod independent rear suspension was announced. By this time the market for hand built small production cars was declining and the last model, the TX-S was a modified TX-GT with a variety of engines and the choice of the standard GT6 rear suspension. Only about 30 of the TX cars were made.

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2-door
2-seat
Single cylinder     0.2L      M-3
9.0 kW / 12.1 hp / 12.1 hp  20.0 N·m / 14.8 lb·ft / 14.8 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe Atom (1955)

2-door 2-seater coupé, straight (inline)ingle cylinder engine, 248 cm3 / 15.1 cu in / 15.1 cu in, 9.0 kW / 12.1 hp / 12.1 hp @ 5300 rpm / 5300 rpm / 5300 rpm, 20.0 N·m / 14.8 lb·ft / 14.8 lb·ft @ 3700 rpm / 3700 rpm / 3700 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
I1 2v 0.2L OHV M-3
8.9 kW / 11.9 hp / 11.9 hp  19.0 N·m / 14.0 lb·ft / 14.0 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe Atom Mark I (1955)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 1-cylinder 2-valve single cylinder engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 248 cm3 / 15.1 cu in / 15.1 cu in, 8.9 kW / 11.9 hp / 11.9 hp @ 5300 rpm / 5300 rpm / 5300 rpm, 19.0 N·m / 14.0 lb·ft / 14.0 lb·ft @ 3700 rpm / 3700 rpm / 3700 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
S2   0.3L      M-3
11.0 kW / 14.8 hp / 14.8 hp        
   

Fairthorpe Atom Mark II (1955)

2-door 2-seater coupé, 2-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 322 cm3 / 19.6 cu in / 19.6 cu in, 11.0 kW / 14.8 hp / 14.8 hp @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
S2   0.3L      M-3
11.2 kW / 15.0 hp / 15.0 hp        
   

Fairthorpe Atom Mark IIA (1955)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 2-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 322 cm3 / 19.6 cu in / 19.6 cu in, 11.2 kW / 15.0 hp / 15.0 hp @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
S2 4v 0.6L OHV M-3
26.1 kW / 35.0 hp / 35.0 hp  49.0 N·m / 36.1 lb·ft / 36.1 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe Atom Mark III (1955)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 2-cylinder 4-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 646 cm3 / 39.4 cu in / 39.4 cu in, 26.1 kW / 35.0 hp / 35.0 hp @ 5700 rpm / 5700 rpm / 5700 rpm, 49.0 N·m / 36.1 lb·ft / 36.1 lb·ft @ 3750 rpm / 3750 rpm / 3750 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
S2 4v 0.6L OHV M-4
26.1 kW / 35.0 hp / 35.0 hp  49.0 N·m / 36.1 lb·ft / 36.1 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe Atomata (1957)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 2-cylinder 4-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 646 cm3 / 39.4 cu in / 39.4 cu in, 26.1 kW / 35.0 hp / 35.0 hp @ 5700 rpm / 5700 rpm / 5700 rpm, 49.0 N·m / 36.1 lb·ft / 36.1 lb·ft @ 3750 rpm / 3750 rpm / 3750 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 119 km/h / 74 mph / 74 mph top speed

2-door
5-seat
S4 8v 0.9L OHV M-4
37.3 kW / 50.0 hp / 50.0 hp  69.0 N·m / 50.9 lb·ft / 50.9 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe Electrina (1960)

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 948 cm3 / 57.9 cu in / 57.9 cu in, 37.3 kW / 50.0 hp / 50.0 hp @ 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm, 69.0 N·m / 50.9 lb·ft / 50.9 lb·ft @ 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 1.1L SOHC M-4
52.9 kW / 70.9 hp / 70.9 hp  91.0 N·m / 67.1 lb·ft / 67.1 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe Electron (1957)

2-door 2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 1098 cm3 / 67.0 cu in / 67.0 cu in, 52.9 kW / 70.9 hp / 70.9 hp @ 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm, 91.0 N·m / 67.1 lb·ft / 67.1 lb·ft @ 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 161 km/h / 100 mph / 100 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 0.9L OHV M-4
28.3 kW / 38.0 hp / 38.0 hp  66.0 N·m / 48.7 lb·ft / 48.7 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe Electron Minor (1957)

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 948 cm3 / 57.9 cu in / 57.9 cu in, 28.3 kW / 38.0 hp / 38.0 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, 66.0 N·m / 48.7 lb·ft / 48.7 lb·ft @ 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 121 km/h / 75 mph / 75 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 0.9L OHV M-4
31.7 kW / 42.5 hp / 42.5 hp  66.0 N·m / 48.7 lb·ft / 48.7 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe Electron Minor (1960)

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 948 cm3 / 57.9 cu in / 57.9 cu in, 31.7 kW / 42.5 hp / 42.5 hp @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, 66.0 N·m / 48.7 lb·ft / 48.7 lb·ft @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 150 km/h / 93 mph / 93 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 1.1L OHV M-4
50.0 kW / 67.1 hp / 67.1 hp  91.0 N·m / 67.1 lb·ft / 67.1 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe Electron Minor IIIA (1964)

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1147 cm3 / 70.0 cu in / 70.0 cu in, 50.0 kW / 67.1 hp / 67.1 hp @ 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm, 91.0 N·m / 67.1 lb·ft / 67.1 lb·ft @ 3750 rpm / 3750 rpm / 3750 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 1.1L SOHC M-4
61.9 kW / 83.0 hp / 83.0 hp  98.0 N·m / 72.3 lb·ft / 72.3 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe Electron Mk II (1957)

2-door 2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 1098 cm3 / 67.0 cu in / 67.0 cu in, 61.9 kW / 83.0 hp / 83.0 hp @ 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm, 98.0 N·m / 72.3 lb·ft / 72.3 lb·ft @ 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 161 km/h / 100 mph / 100 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 1.1L SOHC M-4
69.4 kW / 93.1 hp / 93.1 hp  98.0 N·m / 72.3 lb·ft / 72.3 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe Electron Mk II (1957)

2-door 2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 1098 cm3 / 67.0 cu in / 67.0 cu in, 69.4 kW / 93.1 hp / 93.1 hp @ 6900 rpm / 6900 rpm / 6900 rpm, 98.0 N·m / 72.3 lb·ft / 72.3 lb·ft @ 4700 rpm / 4700 rpm / 4700 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 185 km/h / 115 mph / 115 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 1.3L OHV M-4
55.9 kW / 75.0 hp / 75.0 hp  102.0 N·m / 75.2 lb·ft / 75.2 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe EM Mk IV (1969)

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1296 cm3 / 79.1 cu in / 79.1 cu in, 55.9 kW / 75.0 hp / 75.0 hp @ 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm, 102.0 N·m / 75.2 lb·ft / 75.2 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 1.3L OHV M-4
55.9 kW / 75.0 hp / 75.0 hp  102.0 N·m / 75.2 lb·ft / 75.2 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe Mk VI EM (1972)

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1296 cm3 / 79.1 cu in / 79.1 cu in, 55.9 kW / 75.0 hp / 75.0 hp @ 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm, 102.0 N·m / 75.2 lb·ft / 75.2 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 168 km/h / 104 mph / 104 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S6 12v 1.6L OHV M-4
53.7 kW / 72.0 hp / 72.0 hp  126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe Rockette (1962)

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1596 cm3 / 97.4 cu in / 97.4 cu in, 53.7 kW / 72.0 hp / 72.0 hp @ 5600 rpm / 5600 rpm / 5600 rpm, 126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft @ 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 159 km/h / 99 mph / 99 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S6 12v 2.0L OHV M-4
77.6 kW / 104.1 hp / 104.1 hp  159.0 N·m / 117.3 lb·ft / 117.3 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe TX-GT (1968)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1998 cm3 / 121.9 cu in / 121.9 cu in, 77.6 kW / 104.1 hp / 104.1 hp @ 5300 rpm / 5300 rpm / 5300 rpm, 159.0 N·m / 117.3 lb·ft / 117.3 lb·ft @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 177 km/h / 110 mph / 110 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 1.5L OHV M-4
58.2 kW / 78.0 hp / 78.0 hp  131.0 N·m / 96.6 lb·ft / 96.6 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe TX-I (1965)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1500 cm3 / 91.5 cu in / 91.5 cu in, 58.2 kW / 78.0 hp / 78.0 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 131.0 N·m / 96.6 lb·ft / 96.6 lb·ft @ 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 174 km/h / 108 mph / 108 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S6 12v 2.0L OHV M-4
83.5 kW / 112.0 hp / 112.0 hp  159.0 N·m / 117.3 lb·ft / 117.3 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe TX-S (1969)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1998 cm3 / 121.9 cu in / 121.9 cu in, 83.5 kW / 112.0 hp / 112.0 hp @ 5300 rpm / 5300 rpm / 5300 rpm, 159.0 N·m / 117.3 lb·ft / 117.3 lb·ft @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 185 km/h / 115 mph / 115 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 1.5L OHV M-4
52.9 kW / 70.9 hp / 70.9 hp  111.0 N·m / 81.9 lb·ft / 81.9 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe TX-S 1500 (1979)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1493 cm3 / 91.1 cu in / 91.1 cu in, 52.9 kW / 70.9 hp / 70.9 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, 111.0 N·m / 81.9 lb·ft / 81.9 lb·ft @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 169 km/h / 105 mph / 105 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 2.0L SOHC M-4
94.7 kW / 127.0 hp / 127.0 hp  165.0 N·m / 121.7 lb·ft / 121.7 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe TX-S 2000 (1979)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 1998 cm3 / 121.9 cu in / 121.9 cu in, 94.7 kW / 127.0 hp / 127.0 hp @ 5700 rpm / 5700 rpm / 5700 rpm, 165.0 N·m / 121.7 lb·ft / 121.7 lb·ft @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 190 km/h / 118 mph / 118 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S6 12v 2.5L OHV M-4
98.4 kW / 132.0 hp / 132.0 hp  207.0 N·m / 152.7 lb·ft / 152.7 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe TX-SS (1969)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2498 cm3 / 152.4 cu in / 152.4 cu in, 98.4 kW / 132.0 hp / 132.0 hp @ 5450 rpm / 5450 rpm / 5450 rpm, 207.0 N·m / 152.7 lb·ft / 152.7 lb·ft @ 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 209 km/h / 130 mph / 130 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S6 12v 2.6L OHV M-4
102.2 kW / 137.1 hp / 137.1 hp  217.0 N·m / 160.1 lb·ft / 160.1 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe Zeta (1959)

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2553 cm3 / 155.8 cu in / 155.8 cu in, 102.2 kW / 137.1 hp / 137.1 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 217.0 N·m / 160.1 lb·ft / 160.1 lb·ft @ 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 209 km/h / 130 mph / 130 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S6 12v 2.6L OHV M-4
108.1 kW / 145.0 hp / 145.0 hp  220.0 N·m / 162.3 lb·ft / 162.3 lb·ft
   

Fairthorpe Zeta (1962)

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2553 cm3 / 155.8 cu in / 155.8 cu in, 108.1 kW / 145.0 hp / 145.0 hp @ 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm, 220.0 N·m / 162.3 lb·ft / 162.3 lb·ft @ 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

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