1955 Dellow MkV Roadster 3961254/5
Lot 744
1955 Dellow MkV Roadster 3961254/5
Sold for £3,220 (US$ 5,412) inc. premium
Lot Details
1955 Dellow MkV Roadster
Chassis no. 3961254/5
Engine no. 49077


  • Dellow took its name from co-founders Ken Delingpole and Ron Lowe, whose first trials car of 1949 used an Austin Seven chassis and Ford Ten engine, although the former was soon replaced by a purpose-built affair made from ex-MoD rocket tubing. Marketed as a dual-purpose car and sold in kit form or complete, the Dellow dominated trialling in the early 1950s. Development proceeded through Marks I to V, from 1955 onwards under the stewardship of new owner Neville Nightingale. Production ceased in 1959.
    The car offered here is an example of the MkV Dellow, which was first introduced in 1953, the principal differences between it and the preceding types being the adoption of a four-speed Morris gearbox and coil springing on the front beam axle. This left-hand drive car was exported in 1955 directly to the USA, where it featured in the Manual of 1955 Road Tested Sports Cars (copy available). It is said to have participated in track races in the New Jersey area during the 1960s before being returned to the UK in 2003 (import duties paid). The car is offered in partly restored condition complete with refurbished chassis, reconstructed dashboard and rebuilt (non-original) engine installed. We are advised that all components are ready for re-assembly with the exception of the windscreen and radiator, for which design specifications enabling remanufacture are included in the sale together with the original engine block and internals. Sold strictly as viewed, the car is offered with sundry restoration invoices.