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This picture of a Mk1 Dellow shows the type of event they were built for.
Mk1 at Brickhill on Falcon Motor Clubs March Hare trial in 2004
1952 Dellow MKII - photographed in 2005


Dellow cars were made in a factory at Alvechurchmarker, Birminghammarker, England between 1949 and 1956.

Dellow Motors Ltd was started by Ken Delingpole and Ron Lowe to produce road-going sports cars for the enthusiast to use in trials, rallies and hill-climbs.

A small number of very early cars used Austin 7 chassis as per Ron Lowe's special, FUY 374. From 1950 Dellows used an 1172cc Ford 10 engine in an A-frame chassis with a very light tubular steel framework welded to the chassis and panelled in aluminium, the early cars having no doors. The chassis frames were made from government surplus chrome-moly rocket tubes ***. The rockets being RP3 as used by Hawker Typhoon and Bristol Beaufighter aircraft, also the UP3 which was a ground-based weapon.

*** Update :- September 2008 issue of the often-wrong Classic & Sports Car magazine says " .... this has been questioned over the years". Not sure who by - but they clearly did not bother to ask the right people. I spoke to the factory foreman, Fred Fletcher, in the very early 1970's after finding stencilled Ministry numbers on my Mark 1's chassis and also khaki paint on the floor panels. He confirmed the use of both rocket tubes and surplus/salvaged aluminium sheet purchased from Ministry auctions. Also :- William Holt purchased his brand-new Dellow, EBN 117, in 1950 and was told at the factory that the chassis was "constructed from rocket tubes". His then young son - William junior - remembers being very impressed by this!

The design emphasis was on light weight and a rearward weight bias for trials. Many sporting awards were won by drivers of Dellow cars in the early 1950s, not only in trials but also in other events such as driving tests and hillclimbs. Dellows also took overall honours in the MCC organised Daily Express National Rally and the Circuit of Ireland Rally.Dellow drivers often shone in other forms of motor sport, Tony Marsh from Kinvermarker went on to become RAC Hill Climb Champion on no less than 6 occasions. Peter Collins from Kidderminstermarker, later drove for HWM, BRM and Vanwall, then for Ferrari.

Dellow styling was created by Lionel Evans at his Radpanels coachbuilding business in Kidderminster. The car evolved through several variants known as Mk I to Mk V. Early cars had the Ford beam front axle with transverse spring and short Panhard rod, quarter elliptics at the rear and Andre Hartford friction dampers all round. The Ford torque-tube was suitably shortened and the vast majority of cars used the 3-speed Ford gearbox but a very small number of cars (KOX 300 being one of them) were produced to customer order with a 4 speed gearbox, from the 10M series Morris.

The Ford E93A engines were mildly tuned and many used twin SU's on a cast alloy 'Dellow' manifold. However, as an option the factory also offered the car with a Wade-Ventor (Roots type) supercharger installation.The MkII saw the introduction of a new and much more robust rear chassis section with coil springs, separate telescopic shock absorbers and a Panhard rod. This stiffer chassis allowed doors to become an optional fitting.The Mk V version was derived from the "Lightweight" Dellow (WRF 81)constructed by Tony Marsh for speed events in 1954. It saw coil springs introduced at the front (over telescopic dampers) although still with a one-piece Ford beam axle.About 300 Dellows in total are believed to have been constructed.

A new company, Dellow Engineering, based in Oldbury near Birmingham produced a Mk VI - often incorrectly quoted as having a glass fibre body, it too was in fact built with alloy panelling. Very few Mk VI's were made.

Cars

  • Dellow Mk I - 1949 - Ford 10 powered basic 2 seater
  • Dellow Mk II - 1951 - Optional doors, rear coil springs
  • Dellow Mk III - 1952 - 2+2 model
  • Dellow Mk IV - 1954? - one-off with Ford Consul engine
  • Dellow Mk V - 1954 - Coil sprung beam front axle, tuned engine, Mk Vs still only had the 3 speed box although the "Lightweight" WRF 81, now owned by Nigel Brown, had a 4 speed ex-Morris unit (information from David Haley of the Dellow register.)
  • Dellow Mk VI - 1957 - Independent front suspension, ladder chassis


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