1968 Rochdale Olympic

Rochdale Motor Panels Ltd did not manufacture a complete car in their tiny factory; instead, it confined itself to producing glass-reinforced plastic body shells and panels and to modifying mass produced components to use with the shells.  In short, this really was a car that could be built by a member of the public in less than 50 hours and with the most basic of tools.

Unlike other kit cars of its day, the Olympic was a true monocoque body/chassis unit. BMC mechanical parts were fitted at first with a variety of engines including the Riley 1.5 litre which proved very popular.

By 1963 the Mk2 was available, this time using Triumph front suspension with the Ford 116E engine most in favour.  The model was available until 1972, when some 600 units had been sold.