Friday 31 March 2023

Barclay Mini Bug shows its number

To continue the Stimson theme, some further info about a Barclay Mini Bug has found its way to here. This was the Dutch version of the Stimson Mini Bug made in Helmond, The Netherlands, by a company named Barclay Europe in the early 1970s. Just five or six kits are believed to have been built and sold. Not all of these have been accounted for. 

I recently came across the picture below, which shows the Barclay demonstrator. This car was also used in advertisements where it was shown wearing number plates with 'BARCLAY' at the front and 'MINI BUG' at the rear. However, this new picture shows it had a more conventional plate behind that. The number '05-03-GU' is well visible, which is a Dutch plate issued in 1968. The transport authority does not recognize the number anymore, but I do wonder what happend to the car..? Anyone..?

The Barclay Mini Bug shows it's plate here: 05-03-GU, which is a 1968 number
Picture Jeroen Booij archive

'We present you Barry Stimson's Barclay 'Mini Bug' as the sole license holders for Europe'
Picture Jeroen Booij archive

'Reuse your old, rusted or damaged Mini to build this terrifically hip Mini Bug'
Picture Jeroen Booij archive

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