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Iota 350 sports-1951

Iota 350 sports-1951

Iota was an off-shoot of the Bristol Aircraft Motor Club and offered a range of parts, up to a complete car, to encourage the growth of 500cc single-seater racing, which later became Formula 3.  Iota made 22 chassis but most owners gave their cars individual names.  None achieved much success.  In 1951, some of those who had been associated with both the Iota 500cc movement and the Gordano sports car project showed the world’s first sports car with monocoque construction.  This car has a mid-mounted Douglas flat-twin engine, and the all-independent suspension – sliding pillar front, swing axle rear with radius arms and a transverse leaf spring – was mounted on tubular subframes.  The low body is notable for the smoothness of its line and rear wings which resemble aircraft props – resulting in a very aerodynamic vehicle.  T.T. Workshops of Westbury restored the car, keeping the original aluminum metal intact and restoring the car exactly as it was when it was initially completed.  Two were built in 1951, and only this prototype remains in existence.
 
Specifications:
 
Manufacturer:  Off-shoot of the Bristol Aircraft Motor Club
Country of Origin:  Great Britain
Drivetrain Configuration:  Mid engine, rear wheel drive
Engine:  350cc, 2 cylinder, 30 hp
Transmission:  3_ speed
Top Speed:  75 miles per hour
Year of Production:  1951
Number Produced:  2
Original Cost:  _____
 

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