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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
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

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Auto Insurance

Defined as: The contract by which the insurer assumes the risk of any loss the owner or operator of a car may incur through damage to property or persons as the result of an accident. There are many specific forms of automobile insurance, varying not only in the kinds of risk that they cover but also in the legal principles underlying them.

In “plain” English, this means coverage that is carried by someone who is driving a motor vehicle that is involved in an accident that causes property damage or personal injury to someone.

Currently, New Hampshire and Wisconsin do not have “compulsory auto insurance liability laws”. Simply put, this means that these states do not require licensed drivers (and there should not be any other kind of driver) to have some type of auto insurance policy that provides at least minimum coverage. The remaining 48 states do have such insurance laws in effect.

You should check with the state you live in if you have questions concerning whether or not you are required to have auto insurance, and also to determine if you are required to have a certain amount of coverage. If you are required to have a certain amount, you will then need to check to see if there is a minimum amount and maximum amount.

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