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Rytecraft ‘Scootacar’

1935, ERA Shed, On long term display

98CC Villiers Midget engine

Rytecraft Scootacars were designed for road use by Jack Shillan, as a petrol version of the electrically driven fairground ‘dodgem’ cars.

They were built between 1934 and 1940 and this car BUC 515 was purpose built (by the British Motor Boat Manufacturing Company Limited, Kings Cross, London.) for use on the road, with a single speed, automatic clutch. Many were built in the style of Vauxhalls or Chryslers.

Very few of the 1000 Scootacars made are known to survive today.

This particular Scootacar achieved fame in the 1960s when Jim Parkinson drove it around the world covering 15,000 miles under its own power. It has belonged to the current owner since 1959 and among its previous owners was J.H. Christie of acid bath murder fame.

The fragile windscreen surround has been removed.

Loaned by John Drew