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Now that even the new Morgan Plus Four is a classic from birth despite its aluminum chassis and 2.0 liter twin turbo engine, there is much more leeway for us as classic enthusiasts. And of course, most of the metal inspiration comes from the now not so bad United Kingdom. So open canvas for the Pembleton.
What is a Pembleton?
The Pembleton is usually a ready-made kitcar with one donor (Citroën 2CV) as a base and was designed and marketed by Phil Gregory. Such a Pembleton can have three or four wheels and in the beginning looked a lot like a Lomax. The very first example was designed, built and running in three weeks. The Pembleton most closely resembles a Morgan three-wheeler from the 20s and 30s, but doesn't try to pretend he is. But how the story began?
In the beginning
The stylish tricycle with steel frame and aluminum body first saw the light of day 20 years ago. And its birth was inspired by a weird hiccup in the pricing structure of the ferry that travels from Holyhead in Wales to Dún Laoghaire in Ireland.
“We were planning a cycling holiday,” says Pembleton designer Phil Gregory, “Then my wife noticed that motorcycles and tricycles were transferred for free. So she told me to build a tricycle. Well, of course we had tilted back a few glasses of cider. I scored a Duck, bought some steel and got to work. We named our three-wheeler Pembleton after the name of the caravan that we stripped for the aluminum. ”
The second generation
In the meantime, the business has been taken over by his son, who gave the Pembleton a sharp production and quality boost, so that the panels and seams are now completely sharp.
Not on a 2CV platform
A Pembleton is built on a spaceframe chassis, unlike a Lomax or Burton, which is the original Citroën Use 2CV chassis. The gearbox, steering, brakes, front suspension, half or all of the rear suspension, wiring harness, electrical parts and many other parts come from a Citroën 2 CV donor. Front suspension geometry has been modified to improve vehicle handling. But a tricycle will of course always provide a somewhat adventurous handling, no matter how it brings the power to the road.
The Pembleton is a front wheel drive with two wheels at the front. That is the best option. The engine could be from a 2CV, but people have also installed BMW, Honda and small (up to 750 cc) Moto Guzzi engines for more 'Go! & Show'. A Pembleton has independent suspension and disc brakes. People who buy a very complete Pembleton can get a new Guzzi V7 III block from the factory. Pembleton buys it directly from Guzzi, but is not allowed to use the name Moto Guzzi in its 'sales & marketing'. For do-it-yourselfers there are drawings with which the different power sources can be linked to the 2CV gearbox.
The whole body is hand made from aluminum. The kit includes floors, bulkheads and front fenders. There are no composite curves other than the copper nose cap made from the top of a domestic boiler. The seats are made to fold forward to give access to the trunk.
More is better
As with Lomax (and Burton), four wheels turn out to be a nice option.
The Pembleton T24 is a brand new, carefully hand-crafted lightweight (in the UK a 'bicycle car), designed to ride with laughter on the best roads. The T24 seriously complies with strict modern safety requirements. It is a neo oldtimer that combines the charm of the past with the performance of the present. And the crumple zone is about three meters long.
The plating is formed by hand, drilled and riveted to the chassis, which is also manufactured in-house using a precise mold. The result is a stunning exterior that captures the spirit of a vintage car without the 'hassle' that comes with it. Traditional craftsmanship is central to Pembleton, but not at the expense of modern technology.
With the Moto Guzzi engine with petrol injection and electronic ignition, the chassis with fully independent suspension, powerful disc brakes and a dry weight of just over 360 kg, the T24 is not only one of the lightest production cars ever built, it is also a sports car that offers the driver a uniquely intuitive and engaging experience.
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