29th Nov, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

 
  Lot 18
 

Derverimp Single Seater Special
No Reserve

Sold for £750

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: Unregistered
Chassis No:
Derverimp No.1
MOT:
None

  • Sprint and hill climb special
  • Hillman Imp engine understood to have been modified to produce around 100bhp
  • Offered from a deceased estate
  • Tubular steel chassis and a fiberglass body

Through the decades, the privateer racer could be found building and fashioning metal and machine into new vehicles to meet the challenges of motorsport events. 'Specials' were sometimes built from scratch or produced in number, with one thing in common, they often utilised existing components that would bring together engines and chassis as never envisaged by their original designers. What was it that Colin Chapman said? "Simplify, then add lightness”.

One such build does just that and leaves us to do some head-scratching in terms of its history, however, it has certainly been built to utilise a Hillman Imp engine. Classic.com refers to Derverimp special that “was the idea of Derek Verity in the late 1960s and early 1970s” and “powered by a Hillman Imp engine that was modified to produce around 100bhp. The car had a tubular steel chassis and a fiberglass body”. “The car was very lightweight and agile, and competed in various events across the UK. The car was also featured in a book called The Imps of Britain by John Blunsden”. This information could not be verified. 'Component cars' such as the Clan Crusader utilised Imp's engine in the rear, the 'Derverimp', wearing Mini-lite style wheels, utilises a single seater space frame and the engine mounted longitudinally at the front, just behind the front axle. An interesting project from a deceased estate and purchsed by them in 1996, its history is 'unknown', however, it offers an interesting project that might have potential for use for sprints or hill climb events. There are no documents with the car.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
james.mcwilliam@handh.co.uk
07943 584760

 

Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 29th Nov, 2023

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