Gary Janes is one of the UK’s most noted hot rodders – indeed he was one of the eleven founding members of the (in)famous Low Riders Club and has also been behind the Dooster and Bay Area Rods projects.

Since turning his attention to kitcars, Gary and his Sammio Motor Company operation have enjoyed good sales of fifties-inspired kits that evoke the specials era and use readily available donors that can be built on a shoestring.

The Sammio Spyder is Gary’s big seller, based on Triumph Herald, while a Citroën 2CV-based variant is called the Cheveux. Stoneleigh will see the launch of the latest incarnation called the Cordite and using the Triumph Spitfire as donor vehicle.

Despite being fifty years old the Herald and Spitfire are sensible choices for donors and still abundant and what you can’t find on the vehicle you can pick-up off-the-shelf via a phalanx of marque specialists.

The new Cordite version isn’t just a simple transplant from four to six cylinders, as it has been the subject of some serious revisions due primarily to the Spit’s wheelbase being 7½in longer and its twin carbs bringing underbonnet packaging problems, which necessitated a general revision of the car’s layout with the cockpit shifted back and a shorter back-end as a result.

The result is perhaps the most stylish Sammio of all thus far and a DIY-build estimate of £4000, with a kit price of £1695.

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