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The revival of the Atalanta Sports Tourer

By FaezClutchless on 01 Apr 2012

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Back in December last year, I wrote about the resurgence of several British sports car manufacturers and one of them is Atalanta Motors. Details were little back then but a recent launch of the new car provided more details about the revival. The event was held at the Royal Automobile Club on 05 March 2012, exactly 75 years when the original Atalanta Sports Tourer was introduced in 1937 by its founder Neil Watson.

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This revival project is a joint venture between restorer Trevor Farrington and motoring enthusiast Martyn Corfield, who purchased the Atalanta name. Both Corfield and Farrington designed a new Atalanta Sports Tourer that combines modern engineering and the classic lines of the original car.

At the launch, Corfield spoke about the history of the marque and highlighted some of the innovative technologies which the original Atalanta models featured. The revived company uses modern technology to enhance performance and safety, while the 1930s English sports car styling is retained including the tall and narrow tyres so as to give a good driver “feel” and ride comfort.

All components for the car are new, with more than eighty-five percent of them (castings, axles, springs, steering system and etc.) being unique to Atalanta’s design and they are packaged within hand crafted aluminium over ash coach built structure.

Corfield mentioned that the aim at Atalanta Motors is to reproduce the positive and enjoyable characteristics of vintage motoring in a reliable and useable manner that is relevant to today’s driving environment. The new Atalanta gives a stylish, exhilarating drive with easily accessible performance, comfort and engaging handling which delivers driver satisfaction even at modest speeds. In short, Atalanta Motors is about style, innovation and performance.

Only seven of the original cars built still exists today (around 20 were ever built) and four of the current owners were present at the event. Rory Watson, son of Neil Watson, helped to unveil the car together with Martyn Corfield. He mentioned that it was an emotional experience and he would never think that something that his father created many years ago would be revived. He also added that he is very sure that his father would be very proud of what Corfield and his team have achieved.

Former motorcycle GP champion and F1 champion, John Surtees, OBE was also present at the event mentioned that it was nice to see that enthusiasts still exists and are willing to put their heart and resources into such a project as the Atalanta.

Limited commissions for the 2012 Atalanta 'Revival' are being taken and each will be built to an individual specification as a unique vehicle.

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