John Barlow founded the Royale Motor Company in 1991, offering a pair of 1930s/1940s-style roadsters: the Windsor and Sabre. The former looked rather like a MkVI Bentley and the latter appeared to have been inspired by the BMW 327, though neither was a direct copy of an actual car of the period. The Royales were distinguished from the kit-car herd by virtue of their superior design and build quality, being based on a substantial, steel, ladder-frame chassis clad in aluminium/glassfibre bodywork with reinforcing door bars for increased crash protection. Indeed, many were of the opinion that a Royale rivalled contemporary production cars for safety, solidity and comfort. Ford Sierra/Granada running gear was the norm, with engines ranging from the 1.6-litre four up to the 2.9-litre V6. Despite the favourable reception of its products, the original company did not last long and rights to the designs passed to a firm in the Netherlands, then to the Vintage Motor Company of Carcroft, Doncaster and finally to Asquith Motors Ltd of London SW19, whose intention was to re-launch the Sabre in 2012. The cars are also supported by an enthusiastic owners club.
Built using a Ford Granada Ghia X as donor vehicle, this Royale Sabre has been in storage for approximately the last five years. We are advised that the engine is running, the body needs painting and the interior tidying, while the electrics too may need some work. Finished in blue with black vinyl upholstery, the car is offered with Swansea V5 document and is sold strictly as viewed.