Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Low slung Swedish special: the Holmbarth

Not much is known about this car - a Swedish racing special with Mini or Mini Cooper power that Peter Camping found out about. It's known as the BMC Holmbarth 1100, which suggests it was equiped with an 1100 engine. The car was offered for sale in April 1970 through an ad in 'Sportvagnen och Vi' - the magazine of the Stockholm Sports Car Club. Seller was one Eriksson - there have to be more of these in Sweden - who offered it for sale for 6,500 Swedish crowns at the time. The only extra information he added to that was that it used a 10.5:1 compression and that it did the quarter mile in 14.5 seconds. Bjorn Bellander, who came past here once or twice before says he knew about the car "But the Holmbart never succeeded in racing and I never saw it on the track."

Swedish Mini powered Holmbart Special was as low as it could get. Does it survive?
Picture courtesy Sportvagnen och Vi / Peter Camping
Do we see twin SUs poking through there? 'Till Salu' sign means that it's for sale
Picture courtesy Sportvagnen och Vi / Peter Camping
The car was offered for sale in April 1970 but there the track appears to end
Picture courtesy Sportvagnen och Vi / Peter Camping

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