1983 Hustler Wooden  Chassis no. 382LVL08374

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Lot 173
1983 Hustler Wooden
Chassis no. 382LVL08374

€ 25,000 - 30,000
US$ 29,000 - 35,000
1983 Hustler Wooden
Chassis no. 382LVL08374
Best remembered for his futuristically styled Aston Martin Lagonda of the late 1970s, the late William Towns turned to a succession of smaller but no less idiosyncratic vehicles after he left Newport Pagnell. Sold under the ‘Hustler’ name, the series was to have been manufactured by Jensen Special Products, but when the latter pulled out was produced and marketed by Towns’ own Interstyl company. A kit-car designed to accept Mini engines and running gear, the Hustler looked like an enlarged and more angular version of the Moke and was first seen in 1978. The original Hustler 4 set the pattern for those that followed, consisting of a steel platform monocoque clad in glassfibre lower body panels with a hatchback-style cabin and vinyl-covered plywood roof. One of the Hustler’s many unusual features was its sliding ‘windoors’, while in another amusing demonstration of Towns’ quirkiness, the prototype featured stackable plastic canteen chairs as seats! Around 300 Hustler kits would be sold over the next ten years as the concept expanded to include an astonishing variety of vehicle types including sports, pick-up, six-wheeled, amphibious and ‘wooden’ versions. Hustlers were subsequently developed to accommodate BMC 1100/1300 and Metro running gear, and there was even a Jaguar V12-powered model – the Hustler Highlander – eight of which were built in the late 1980s.
The fact that Hustlers were sold in kit form for assembly by individual customers means that no two are exactly alike. That offered here is an example of the six-wheeled Hustler ‘Wooden’, which was first presented at the 1980 Motor Show bodied in marine plywood. The idea was that the kit of Mini parts could be shipped more cheaply minus the bulky body panels, so the Wooden came with a set of plans enabling the purchaser to complete their own body at home using materials sourced from local timber merchants. Around 80 kits are believed to have been sold during the 1980s and this right-hand drive, 1,275cc example comes fully equipped for the beach with lifebelts, picnic baskets and water skis. Rare and stylish, it represents an affordable and practical alternative to the more commonly encountered ‘Jolly’ beach cars, and is offered with UK Swansea V5 document for the registration mark, ‘Q116 GKV’.

Les Hustler ayant été vendues sous forme de kit à assembler par l'acheteur, il n'en existe pas deux absolument identiques. Cette voiture est un exemplaire de Hustler “ Wooden ” à six roues présentée pour la première fois au Salon de 1980 carrossée en contreplaqué marine. L'idée étant que le jeu de pièces Mini pouvait être expédié à meilleur compte sans les éléments de l'encombrante carrosserie, la Wooden était accompagnée d'un jeu de plans permettant à l'acheteur d'assembler la caisse chez lui à partir de matériaux achetés auprès du marchand de bois local. On estime qu'environ 80 kits ont été vendus dans les années 1980 et cet exemplaire à conduite à droite et moteur de 1 275 cm3 est entièrement équipé pour la plage avec bouées, paniers de pique-nique et skis nautiques. Rare et jolie, elle représente une alternative abordable et pratique aux voitures de plage “ Jolly ” plus courantes. Elle est pourvue de ses papiers d'immatriculation britanniques V5 de Swansea sous le numéro “ Q116 GKV ”.
1983 Hustler Wooden  Chassis no. 382LVL08374
1983 Hustler Wooden  Chassis no. 382LVL08374
1983 Hustler Wooden  Chassis no. 382LVL08374
1983 Hustler Wooden  Chassis no. 382LVL08374
1983 Hustler Wooden  Chassis no. 382LVL08374
1983 Hustler Wooden  Chassis no. 382LVL08374
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