Robin Hood Engineering Ltd
was a British kit car
manufacturer based in Mansfield Woodhouse
, Nottinghamshire. The factory covered and was on a one and a half acre site.
The company was founded in 1984 in Sherwood
, Nottinghamshire and started by making Ferrari Daytona
replicas based on the Rover SD1
In 1989 there was a complete change of track and the company started making the S7, a range of Lotus Seven
inspired kit cars.
In 1989, a Triumph TR7
based Robin Hood was introduced with the affordable price tag of £995 + VAT. Motoring enthusiasts showed their support and several kits were sold. Development of the new product was continual and feedback from customers showed that a range of engine sizes were needed, so that more people could afford to run such a vehicle. The Triumph Dolomite
superseded the TR7 as donor vehicle, a popular choice with engines ranging from 1100 cc to 2000 cc.
High Court action from Caterham Cars
almost stopped production, however legal advice gave a remedy to the problem. Robin Hood Engineering were careful not to deviate from the strict guidelines set down as a result of the action.
The Monocoque style chassis (a structure formed from sheet steel without tubes) was manufactured using the Triumph Dolomite, Ford Cortina
and Ford Sierra
as donor vehicle. Although the donor vehicles and basic designs may have altered throughout the years, the main policy to supply value for money kits remained. Whilst other manufacturers had customers trawling scrap yards... Read More