One owner, 1,285 miles from new,1993 Evante Gran Premio Convertible  Chassis no. 026005 Engine no. D1705-2

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Lot 768
One owner, 1,285 miles from new, 1993 Evante Gran Premio Convertible
Registration no. L845 NCH Chassis no. 026005 Engine no. D1705-2

Sold for £ 7,475 (US$ 9,144) inc. premium
One owner, 1,285 miles from new
1993 Evante Gran Premio Convertible
Registration no. L845 NCH
Chassis no. 026005
Engine no. D1705-2

Footnotes

  • Renowned worldwide for its successful racing engines, the Spalding-based firm of VeganTune diversified into car making in the early 1980s with the Lotus Elan-inspired Evante, a separate company - Evante Cars Ltd - being set up to handle its manufacture. Although Elan-like in appearance, the glassfibre-bodied Evante employed a stronger, tubular-steel spaceframe chassis rather than the Lotus’s backbone type and was powered by VeganTune’s own Ford-based VTA twin-cam engine. Producing 170bhp and 140lb/ft of torque from its 1.7 litres, this engine, with its belt-driven camshafts and accessible water pump, was reckoned much easier to maintain than the Lotus version. Only produced to individual customer order, the Evante failed to weather the late 1980s recession and after only a limited number had been made, the operation was sold to a consortium of Spalding businessmen, which continued production of the Evante 140TC. In the autumn of 1992, Evante was sold to another specialist vehicle manufacturer – the Newark-based Fleur De Lys Automobile Manufacturing Limited – which re-engineered the chassis to accept the 1.8-litre Ford Zetec 16-valve engine. Although less powerful than the VeganTune unit, the 130bhp Ford motor offered the considerable advantages of being cheaper to maintain, unleaded-compatible and coming with a catalytic converter. Thus equipped, the new Evante Gran Premio cost £22,995 in 1993.
    First registered on 1st December 1993, this Evante Gran Premio convertible has enjoyed only one owner - a director of the Evante company at the time of its closure in the early 1990s - and seen little use over the past 14 years, covering a mere 1,285 miles from new. Finished in British Racing Green with cream interior and presented in ‘A1’ condition, this stylish rarity is offered with an original Evante sales catalogue, specification and price list, and comes with MoT to 31st July 2008 and Swansea V5 registration document.

One owner, 1,285 miles from new,1993 Evante Gran Premio Convertible  Chassis no. 026005 Engine no. D1705-2
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