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Electric vehicle conversions nothing new....


Big Landy Fan
What do you do when you have a Austin 7 chassis and a MK1 Bristol Blenheim cockpit lying around?

Build yourself an electric car.... Obviously.

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Now back in a slightly more fitting location...

IE nailed back on the pointy end of a Blenheim.

The Mk1 Nose of our Blenheim has a particularly interesting history. It began life as a Bristol Blenheim Mk1 built under license by AVRO and issued to 23 Squadron on 2nd September 1939, serial number L6739. It served as a night fighter throughout the Battle of Britain before being struck off charge in December 1940 after which it went back to Bristol's and was left in their scrapyard. After the war an innovative electrician by the name of Ralph Nelson, who was working at Bristol's, was given permission to buy the nose which he then went on to convert into an electric car. After mounting it to the chassis of an Austin 7 he fitted an electric motor of his own design and registered it as a 'Nelson' with the index JAD347. Ralph drove the car for 10 years before it suffered a fire which damaged the systems beyond repair, however, he had heard of the ongoing 2nd Blenheim restoration at Duxford and donated the car to the project in 1992.

Thankfully Ralph had kept most of the original systems such as the control column, rudder pedals, trim system and fittings including the seat and frame, so after hours of reverse engineering and a huge amount of fabrication work we where able to turn the much loved car back into the Blenheim nose you see today. If you have a chance to see it up close in the future look for the tax disc in one of the front windows, we decided to leave it in as a lasting legacy of Ralph and his car for which this project wouldn't have been possible without.
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