Smith, a historic Grand Prix racer of some repute and the founder of Westfield Sportscars, bought Chevron Cars Ltd from Roger Andreason and Tim Colman a year ago. The timing was just about perfect for Smith, who discovered Chevron was for sale just as he was selling Westfield to Potenza, giving him all the time he needed to get stuck into a new project.
With the purchase came all the original company archives, including technical drawings, jigs and moulds for all models, and Smith immediately set about producing the B8. Arch Motors is making the chassis using original materials and welding techniques, vital to obtain the FIA HTP (Historic Technical Passport) papers. Later there will be a B16, while
spare parts for early cars will also be made available to current Chevron owners.
A 2-litre, dry-sumped, twin-Weber BMW engine has already been built by Lester Owen and is mated to a Hewland FT200 gearbox. The brakes are being made from the original Girling dies and the wheels are original Chevron three-piece items. Once the first car has been built and perfected, Smith plans on building around half-a-dozen rolling chassis a year at a retail price of £60,000 plus VAT each.