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Offline John Gow

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Newly joined.
« on: 18, March, 2019, 12:05:11 PM »
Hi,
I've newly joined and live in Weston-super-Mare. I currently own a Triumph based Marlin Roadster,with a 2 litre Pinto and a Pike Predator with a Ford Cologne 2.8i engine.





Offline benchmark51

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Re: Newly joined.
« Reply #1 on: 19, March, 2019, 05:48:25 PM »
Lovely cars. Always liked the Marlin, just not keen on the pointy shape on the bottom of the screen. The Pike is lovely. Never seen one before. If I had to choose I would probably do the same as you. Have 'em both!!

Offline fullpint

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« Reply #2 on: 21, March, 2019, 01:34:21 PM »
Agree, that Pike is lovely...

Offline John Gow

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« Reply #3 on: 22, March, 2019, 09:55:33 AM »
Thanks gents. The Pike started as a Merlin which the Pike motor company took, cut and widened by 6" and added various improvements, like a small boot, to form the prototype.
Only 7 cars were produced of which this one was the only one in kit form, the other 6 were turnkey.
The donor for mine was the Ford Sierra with the Cologne 2.8i engine and 5 speed box.
2 of the factory produced cars, a 2.0 litre and a 2.9 litre were sold in the UK but I have not been able to trace them. The remaining 4 cars were taken to Germany and Belgium where they hoped to attain TUV approval but this proved difficult and expensive and the company folded. Unfortunately a Belgium buyer was found and whilst transporting the jigs, moulds and demonstrator cars the vehicle was involved in an accident and all went up in flames.
80% of the moulds were recovered and are in my possession, as the original owner, whom I purchased the Pike from, was hoping to reproduce the marque. However not enough interest was shown and he lost interest.