This is the story of a kitcar of which
not too many were build yet. As far as we know there are two or three in
the U.K., one in Belgium with C-matic-gearbox, and another two or three
are driving around in Holland.
Instead of the wellknown Cit' 2cv-chassis
for the Lomax-models 223, 224 and Lambda this 424-model uses an Ami
Super as donorcar and consequently the flat four (GS/GSA/Axel) engine.
It started of as a wild idea in the summer of 1997, but with the skillfull help of the Cats family and the support of the Belgium expert Anton Verhoeven it is more like a dream come true.
|looking at the
this is the model we want, chosen because of it's rarity and power to weight ratio
a CitroŽn Ami Super 1015cc
carefully and skillfully seperating body and chassis
a first impression on how it 'll look like...
fitting the nose and the bonnet, which will finally be replaced by a selfbuild one, as this one looks too bulky
both dreaming away, autumn of 1998
a beautifull job, done by Jeroen Cats! (thanks again)
notice also the reinforcing iron frame inside
|it lives, it
first test-drive at the Cats-premises, spring 1999
as the original Lomax-nose is too bulky, a traction-hood has been combined with a Dyane-grille
|it sure starts to look like a car!
|status July 2002
As a drivers-car, we go for performance, not looks!
A lot of fine-tuning done. +700 kms are driven. Once a top-speed on the highway of 147 kms/h has been reached. Car handles well. Engine is now being reconditioned to stop the oil-leaking.
Put in storage, waiting for better days...
|Meanwhile I enjoyed driving my BFG - motorbike|