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by kees » Sun May 03, 2020 9:22 am

However not an improvement.
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by AH1951 » Sun May 03, 2020 9:26 am

Hard to believe both these cars came from the same designer.
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by Andi Kreis » Sun May 03, 2020 9:43 am

Excellent, thank you hhkjames! So it IS a Jensen! :) Not the nicest one, I must admit.
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by kees » Sun May 03, 2020 9:57 am

AH1951 wrote:Hard to believe both these cars came from the same designer.
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The second car is a Chrysler engined Monica. The car was made in France and partially designed in the UK. Jensen was approached for building it.
After French "production" had ceased, a few were build in the UK under a different name which I have forgotten. About 30 years ago two of these cars were found in a container in the Rotterdam Harbour. At the time I was interested in buying one of these. Funds for a restoration lacked though.
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by hhkjames » Sun May 03, 2020 11:41 am

Kees, what a car! It must rank as one of the best looking very low volume cars every built, beautiful...
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by AH1951 » Mon May 04, 2020 12:43 am

A very beautiful car indeed, the Monica 560.
But it had a long, highly troubled and expensive development phase.
I would love to own one.
https://www.curbsideclassic.com/curbsid ... onica-560/

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by Nicholas Lightbown » Mon May 04, 2020 12:26 pm

Is the smaller car a Deep Sanderson, as designed by Chris Lawrence (Lawrencetune)?
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by RogerBrotton » Mon May 04, 2020 3:02 pm

Isn't he red one a Trident ?
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by kees » Mon May 04, 2020 3:28 pm

Nicholas Lightbown wrote:Is the smaller car a Deep Sanderson, as designed by Chris Lawrence (Lawrencetune)?


That is the name under which the Monica was sold later on: Deep Sanderson!!!
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by AH1951 » Mon May 04, 2020 5:19 pm

Or was it only the second prototype which was registered as a Deep Sanderson?
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by AH1951 » Mon May 04, 2020 5:25 pm

Nicholas Lightbown wrote:Is the smaller car a Deep Sanderson, as designed by Chris Lawrence (Lawrencetune)?


YES.

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by AH1951 » Mon May 04, 2020 5:30 pm

Lots of interesting information about this car in the Wiki entry.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monica_(automobile)

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by JamesE » Tue May 05, 2020 12:11 pm

I went to see Chris Lawrence for a magazine article once. Fascinating man and he and his wife were quite the most hospitable people I have even encountered in a work situation.
Drove there and back (London-Welsh borders-London) in a day in my Interceptor (which he went out of his way to admire for obvious engine-related reasons), drove a Deep Sanderson while a colleague drove the Twini and got regaled with wonderful stories about Le Mans Morgans and the Monica, not least his driving the first car through Paris at the height of the riots and fearing for his life. Certainly one of the best-looking four-door cars ever, sort of like a giant Elan +2
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by AH1951 » Wed May 06, 2020 1:47 am

JamesE wrote:I went to see Chris Lawrence for a magazine article once. Fascinating man.

His 'Auto-Biography' is on my reading list now.
I hope it contains much interesting material about the Monica.

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by RogerBrotton » Wed May 06, 2020 9:24 am

I'm also just waiting for a copy of the book.....should be a very good read.
Always had a soft spot for Morgans….ran them for many years....and now have a hankering for another !
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