Thursday, 24 February 2011

Camber/Maya files: DEN70D


Second in the Camber/Maya files series is a car known as 'DEN70D'. Initially I believed this had to be the sixth and last Camber GT built, as its nose was converted from its illegal low headlights to a set of rectangular lights placed higher in the bonnet and hidden under Perspex cowls. If six Cambers are said to have been made than it seems only logical that this had to be the last before the car was revamped as the Maya GT. That's also why this car is sometimes referred to as the Maya prototype. However, I am not too sure about that anymore. Fact is that it is the car shown at the Racing Car Show in London in January 1967 on the stand of Checkpoint Race & Rally Equipment Ltd. And Checkpoint's of Manchester, who were the sole concessionaires for the car, used the same Camber GT for a brochure too. Apart from that DEN70D appeared on a press release picture. Its colour was silver grey as can be seen in the report that an American (!) magazine did. There is no current DVLA description for DEN70D, but I suspect the car to have been re registered in 1969. More on that later.

Brochure shot that doesn't reveal the car's unusual front
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But there we go. This has to be the first nose job on the Camber GT
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Same place, same car, but now touched up with alloy wheels
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And the press shot. Same place, same car, same day once again
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It was silver grey in colour, as this 1967 report shows
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