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875 - April 1966 to February 1970


Vehicle Modifications By Chassis Number

Date

Chassis Number

Details of modifications and changes in specification

AUG 1965

Q/8/50001

Early publicity photo - click to enlargeThe Mark I 875 Saloon was announced. An all glass fibre four-seater body with the 875 cc engine and transaxle assembly as used in the Hillman Imp car. The rear mounted, water-cooled engine behind the transaxle drove the rear wheels. It had a 4 speed and reverse gearbox and independent suspension on all wheels. The main front down tube incorporated a leading arm and the whole assembly was designed to lean the front wheel over when the steering was turned. Tyres were 12"x5½ ", with 8" hydraulic brakes, a 6 gallon petrol tank and conventional 12 volt lighting/starting. Early first vehicles (50002, 50003, 50004 - Cactus Green and 50005 - White) were shown with “Equipe 2+2” aluminium front ¼ bumpers, an aluminium bonnet and engine cover, a full width Imp fascia panel, fully sprung “car” type front seats and “Triplex” opening rear side windows.

Length 10' 8", width 4' 7" and height 4' 3".

APR 1966

R/4/50006

Publicity photo - click to enlargeSaloon production finally commenced. Delays prior to this were partially caused by problems with producing the body moulds and the need for a certain amount of redesigning due to weight, steering and cooling problems which were experienced during the testing of the early prototypes. Vehicles were now fitted with the lower compression 875 cc, 34 b.h.p. engine from the Commer van. Production vehicles emerged without front bumpers, a bonnet and engine cover in glass fibre, non-opening rear side windows in Perspex and thin, tubular, front seats padded with foam. The Imp fascia panel was discarded and the instrument binnacle mounted on a simplified glass fibre design. Steering problems had also been overcome with the introduction of the fully floating front brake back plate. Price £410 plus £86 19s 7d purchase tax making a total of £496 19s 7d. (£496.98p) Optional extra’s (offered as “extra’s” to help keep the weight down) were a spare wheel costing £9 4s 6d (£9.23p), a heater/demister at £9 4s 5d (£9.22p) and a roof mounted suitcase for £12 12s 4d (£12.62p).

Colours available: White, Cherry Red, Wedgwood Blue, Cactus Green, and Golden Sand. The interior trim colour was Grey

JUN 1966

R/6/50033

Non standard colour - Primer.

OCT 1966

R/10/50232

Non standard colour - Quartz Blue.

NOV 1966

R/11/50284

The prototype 875 Ranger Van entered the Gosford Street production line on 10th November and was tested on 3rd December 1966. This vehicle was used to establish the unladen weight of the Ranger Van and was submitted to H.M. Customs and Excise for approval. Body colour White.            

DEC 1966

R/12/50395

This Saloon was the last recorded entry in the surviving production records. Tested on 10th December 1966, the body colour was Golden Sand.

MAR 1967

 S/3/50730

The Inhibitor used in the cooling system for the summer months was now coloured purple to differentiate it from Bluecol A.A. antifreeze.

APR 1967 

S/4/50779

Sales brochure picture - click to enlargeProduction of the 875 Ranger Van was started. A van version of the Saloon with a lift up tailgate, no side windows, single drivers seat in the front with aluminium side partitioning and 40 cu. ft. of goods carrying capacity on a flat rear floor extending into the passenger compartment. A single wing mirror was fitted - by law - to the right hand front wing. Price (with no purchase tax payable on commercial vehicles) was £417 10s 0d (£417.50p) in primer or for another £10 the body could be painted! Optional extra’s cost £9 4s 6d (£9.23p) for a spare wheel, £9 4s 5d (£9.22p) for the heater/demister and £9 15s 0d (£9.75p) for the front passenger seat. (This was never a popular “extra” and appears to have been fitted as standard almost straight away.)
New colours of White, Dolphin Grey, Winchester Blue and Signal Red were available for both Ranger Vans and Saloons.

SEPT 1967

S/9/51???

A Ranger Van to “Show” finish was converted into an Estate Car to consider the problems of weight. The Product Development Committee meeting minutes of October 3rd 1967 reported that, after weighing, the vehicle’s unladen weight was 8 cwt. 21 lb. “It therefore seems unlikely that we could produce an Estate car version of the 875 within the statutory weight limit.” The matter was left in abeyance.

MAR 1968

T/3/52030

The Mark I Saloon was discontinued. The last chassis number.

MAR 1968

T/3/52039

Photo from 'Bond News' - click to enlargeThe Mark II Saloon was introduced. An identical mechanical specification, but the body featured a restyled front with a larger opening bonnet, rectangular headlamps, combined sidelights/flashers and a front grille concealing the heater air intake. Windscreen washers and a heater became standard fittings. Price £449 10s 0d + £126 18s 1ld purchase tax making £576 8s 1ld (£576.44p). Photo from 'Bond News' - click to enlargeColours initially available were White, Signal Red, Winchester Blue and Prairie Beige but sometime in late 1968 or early 1969, Winchester Blue was replaced and new colours of Bermuda Blue and Bahama Yellow were introduced. (Ranger Vans were then only available in Signal Red, White or Bermuda Blue.) Interior trim colour changed to Black. The registration number of the first Mark II produced is believed to be GRN 297 F.

MAR 1968

T/3/52041

Windscreen washers became standard fittings on the Ranger Van.

JUN 1969

U/6/*****

The Production Meeting Minutes of 6th June 1969 recorded that the remaining number of 875’s to build till the end of production, as of Monday 2nd June, was 240.

FEB 1970

V/2/53440

The Mark II Saloon was discontinued. The last produced came off the Final Line during w/e 20th February 1970. It had White bodywork and the registration number YMU 51 H.

FEB 1970

V/2/53441

The Ranger Van was discontinued. The last produced, and the last chassis number, also came off the Final Line during w/e 20th February 1970.