Artikel erschien im KIT CAR GUIDE 1996


Merlin Sportscars market their cars direct to both Britain and Europe, successfully operating the company from offices in Southend with the efficiency one would normally expect from a large consortium. Although the company is very much used to dealing with substantial orders from abroad, after more than twelve years of manufacturing the Merlin, they still have a lot of time for their home market customers and take great care to retain the personal contact, sadly lacking with so many other companies.

Still considered by many to be the finest looking, traditionally styled car around, the Merlin gains most of its popularity via the ease of build and unrivalled leg and headroom. The Merlin remains one of Britain´s favourite kit from cars and sales have continued to rise in Europe since TÜV certification was gained from the German market in 1986. Designed with the young family in mind, the Merlin offers exceptionally comfortable seating for adults and two children, ample boot space, efficient weather equipment plus excellent performance, handling and roadholding to match.

Kit contents include the one-piece glassfibre body shell, doors, scuttle, bonnet and boot lid, together with a strong tubular chassis, windscreen frame and laminated glass, fuel tank, bumpers and brackets, handbrake cables, steering shaft, grille & pedal box. The Cortina-based kit contains front springs and complete rear suspension and four adjustable coil\damper units. Instruction manual is supplied.


Chassis / body - Box section steel ladder frame chassis, GRP single piece body tub, separate bonnet, boot and doors.
Donor vehicle - Ford Cortina or Sierra.
Engine options - Ford four cylinder units, V6 and Rover V8.
Kit price - Cortina based kit. £2880 + vat.
Sierra based kit. £3750 + vat.
Services - Merlin offer cars to any stage of completion. Kit customers can hire a special trailer for the body chassis unit to be returned by normal carrier.

Full details of the kit contents, specifications, prices, options and extras are given in the fully detailed information pack available from:

Merlin Sportscars, Dept. KCG, 1, Florence Villas, Barling Road, Great Wakering, Southend on Sea, Essex SS3 ONF. Tel. 01702 217758.

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