Engineering Co. LTD
S.M.A. LIMITED, DANTE WORKS, MOAT LANE, LIMBURY, LUTON, BEDS
Robin Reads first Dante speed equipment advert appeared in July 1956 under Robins Sporting Motorist Agency banner. Initially offering cylinder heads and finned sumps for the Austin Seven cast by Dan Taylor at the Horesten Foundry in Derby's. They were soon offering a wide range of products including inlet manifolds, valve chest cover and a four branch exhaust manifold. Then in late 1957 with the help of Jim Shaw amongst others, Dante introduced the aluminium Clubman body for the Austin.
Followed in 1958 by the cycle winged Sprint.
Dante Cylinder Head
Pictures from Italy
By 1958 a full range of tuning equipment was also available for the Ford Ten and "one off" bodies would be made to special order. But by May 1959 they had gone into liquidation and Robin joined Lotus as sales manager for a couple of years.
Then in late 1962 Robin Read was back in the specials business with this advert appearing for just a few months in the 750 MC Bulletin.
Caldo Components advert Nov 1962