British fiber: 1966 Rochedale Olympic Phase II

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Again, here is another car of which we did not know the existence. It is called Rochedale Olympic and it was built in 1966 by Rochdale Motor panel which was founded in 1948 by Frank Butterworth and Harry Smith in an old mill building in Rochdale, England. Indeed whoever has a little knowledge of classic car can recognize many british style elements on this little fiberglass car.

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This particular car belongs to the “Phase II” series built from 1963 to 1967: the difference with the Phase I is mostly related to the Ford Cortina 1500 GT engine (75 h.p.), instead of the Morris derived unit.

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The seller says that this car has been completely restored: the body was stripped, cleaned and then repainted while the engine has been rebuilt using new flat top pistons and a new electronic ignition. The brakes have been overhauled as well. he also adds that this car is not FIA approved but that with its perfectly balanced weight is a proper fun machine. Find it for sale at €15,000 (today $20,500) here in Sainte-Savine, France.

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