Specials & Sports Cars

Using Ford Sidevalve Components

Altair

Altair Engineering
Reigate Surrey


After nearly forty years without any new Ford based sidevalve Special on the market, in the year 2000 Tony Weale produced the brand-new Altair.  
It uses Ford Pop components just like in the Fifties – a strong welded- up spaceframe. Beam axles front and rear; telescopic dampers and Panhard rods maintain adequate control and the original transverse leaf springs.
A hydraulic brake conversion dispenses with the original mechanical operation, while retaining the Ford Pop steering box, with a tiny steering wheel may make the steering heavy at low speeds.
By using a longer wheelbase with standard torque tube, Tony has moved the weight distribution rearward, lowered the engine and left room for low seat pans.
Exceptionally light weight - c950lb - is down to the car’s small size, light aluminium panelling and the little sidevalve engine, which also enables a very low bonnet line.


Standard kit price in 2000 was £1,297 (chassis, inner and outer aluminium body panels, and cycle wings with stays, floor and several smaller components).
The following extras were offered:-
Panhard rods Front and rear are available these were modified Fiesta rear ones, £15 each to modify if you supply the part.
4.4 axle conversions Currently priced from £150 - you supply the axle casing. The conversion is neat, strong and effective.
15 inch wheels These were £47 each - made with proper Ford centres so they really fit.
Hydraulic brake conversion Front and rear, was priced at £220 the full set, a neat and effective conversion that retains the original Ford brake shoes, unlike Bowden’s period conversion.

 

Altair

Altair

Altair

Altair