Friday, 7 April 2017

Biotas in Holland

I was sent a Dutch Biota brochure some time ago, published by Precott Hill Ltd., who were the Dutch importer of the Mini based sports car (more info here and here). Did I know it? I thought not, but it turned out I did have a copy. What's more: when I had a look in the files to see what else was thereI noticed that Precott Hill Ltd. had come up with several more brochures. And I found a few ads, too, all in Dutch. And some pictures linking to them. Anyway: have a look for yourself. 

It's not in the best shape, but you don't see this Dutch Biota brochure very often
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And that's the back. The colours available have some nice names. Biota Blue, Peacock Blue 
and Mc Claren (sic) Orange for example
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I found this, too. Precott Hill - also importers for TVR at the time - took a car with hardtop to the Amsterdam Motor Show, seen here bottom right and left center. It was the demonstrator 'YWT 65G'
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Seen here at the Amsterdam Motor Show or RAI, at Prescott Hill's display, rubbing 
shoulders with one of their TVRs
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And here again, seen over in Holland. This is in Woudenberg at Prescott Hill's headquarters. Or perhaps humble premises. Note the missing tiles and abandoned MGBs...
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This is the same car, YWT 65G' seen a couple of years ago. It's still awaiting restoration
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The Biota never was a simple kit and the body consisted of a great number of parts. 
Still, there were plenty of extras available…
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Do you own a Mini? Are you good with your hands? Then build Kit B!
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This ad comes from a Dutch motoring magazine - "The huge Amsterdam motor show success"
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This is a magazine ad, too, now slightly later and now 
showing their own Dutch-built demonstrator
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Same photo, but now much better. '46-56-FH' is a garage plate. Does this car survive?

UPDATE 9 November 2020: Yes, the car survives! Story here.

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