First car delivered,2002 FBS Census V6 Roadster  Chassis no. FBS 1005 Engine no. P051313

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Lot 795
First car delivered, 2002 FBS Census V6 Roadster
Registration no. 750 LKN Chassis no. FBS 1005 Engine no. P051313

£ 12,000 - 15,000
US$ 16,000 - 20,000
First car delivered
2002 FBS Census V6 Roadster
Registration no. 750 LKN
Chassis no. FBS 1005
Engine no. P051313
"A track-day car with a difference, the Census could just be the one for you.” - Tiff Needell, BBC Top Gear.
Conceived and designed by ex-Rover engineers Robin Hall and Andrew Barber, the FBS Census was intended to take on the likes of the Lotus Elise and Mazda MX-5. Powered by a front-mounted, rear-drive Ford 2.5-litre V6 engine producing 168bhp, the Census enjoyed a power advantage over its two rivals while equalling them for ride quality and handling thanks to a stiff monocoque chassis and state-of-the-art suspension. Weight was low at 970kgs and balance neutral at almost 50/50. Top speed was 138mph with the ‘ton’ attainable in a little over 15 seconds. All mechanicals were sourced from volume manufacturers in the interests of easy, low-cost maintenance and servicing. Prices started at £26,635. Sadly, like so many low-volume manufacturers, FBS ran into financial difficulty and an Administrative Receiver was appointed in 2003. Since then the company has been re-constituted and it is hoped that production will commence following a strategic review currently in hand.
The car offered here is one of only eight examples built (three prototypes and five production cars, all sold) and was displayed on the company’s stand at the 2002 Birmingham International Motor Show. ‘FBS 1005’ was the first car delivered (in June 2002). Finished in Guards Red with grey leather upholstery, it has covered just 3,500 miles from new and is presented in excellent condition throughout. The car is offered with road fund licence to October 2004 and Swansea V5.
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