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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

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