Add another to the list of things that make me wish I lived in Europe
If I did live there, first thing I’d do is visit every country where prostitution is legal (which might take a while and become pretty expensive). Second thing, go straight to Worchestershire, UK and buy a Brooklands, a kit car built by a small company called Pembleton Motor Company.
Such a small company, in fact, they don’t even have a website or email address. All they have is the Pembleton page created by owners themselves where you can find the company’s phone number if you look deeply enough.
The Brooklands is a two-seater throwback to British racing cars of the 1920s & 30s and reminds me of some of the later Frazer Nash BMWs mixed with a soap box racer. Pembleton also makes the Super Sport, the 3-wheeled option of the car.
Mechanically, the Brooklands is roughly based on the Citroen 2CV (which you need a donor of), using it’s chassis and suspension keeping things inexpensive and simple. £1195 (about $2,000usd) to be exact.
All major components including its aluminum body panels are ready to assemble. The panels have no complex curves which means almost anyone can make their own additional parts and panels. Weight is a mere 700lbs depending on each independent build. Coupled with an extremely low center of gravity and a possible 300hp motor this should make for a thrilling ride.
And that brings me to the motor options. Owners can source a Citroen, Moto Guzzi, or BMW motor ranging from 118-300hp, respectively.
Owners claim the car is cheap, fuel efficient (about 60mpg), easy to build, and practical because of its good brakes and large(?) luggage compartment.
Everything is your choice making each car unique. You can paint the aluminum, leave it raw, add leather straps on the hood, add a leather interior, and choose your own wheels, and there are an infinite amount of other customizations.
The fact that the car uses a only French, Italian, and German parts makes a US build a daunting task, but as Pembletondaytona has shown, it’s definitely possible.
I’m going to do some more research on this because I just found what I’d like to be driving on sunny weekends.
Photos courtesy of Keith Fisher, Geoff Robinson, Pembleton Owners, and other various sources.