AD (Automotive Design & Developments)
AD was a British kit car brand from the 1980s.
Dave Perry founded Perry Automotive Developments in 1979 in Essex . 1981 began the production of automobiles and kits . The brand name was u. a. AD . The 1982 liquidation was followed by a re-founding as Automotive Design & Developments . The company's headquarters were temporarily in Clacton-on-Sea at Essex and later in Brightlingsea. 1984 ended the production by Perry. Ferranté Cars , later renamed Trident Autovet , from Peterborough under the direction of Robert Pepper continued the production of a model as a complete vehicle from 1984 to 1986. The production of a different model was developed by John Phillips of Daytona Classics continued from Clacton-on-Sea from 1985 still as the brand name AD .
This was the replica of the AC Cobra . Of this Perry sold between 1981 and 1983 fifteen copies. RW Kitcars of Melton Mowbray , led by Roger Woolley, continued production under the brand name RW .
AD 400 and AD Magnum and AD Chimera
The AD 400 was the extended version of Karma . The base formed its own chassis. A four-cylinder engine from the Ford Cortina powered the vehicle. After returning to Brightlingsea, the model was called Magnum . Perry sold between 1982 and 1984 four coupes and a roadster . Ferranté Cars and Trident Autovet called this model Chimera and made it from 1984 to 1986. In total, about eleven copies.
At the request of the customer, Perry made a copy of a replica of a Dino 206 GT from 1981 onwards . The base was a Lotus Europa . Series production began in 1985 at Daytona Classics. About five copies came to about 1987. JH Classics and later Deon Cars continued production under the brand name Deon continued.
AD 204 GT
This model was made by Daytona Classics, although it remains unclear whether the brand name was AD or 204 . It was the replica of a Dino model as a coupe. Between 1986 and 1987 created about 22 copies.
Perry imported ten kits of her model GT from Kelmark Engineering, USA . The original had the chassis and the rear engine of the VW Beetle . Afterwards Perry offered also own variants with front engine of the Ford Cortina and with middle engine - V8 of Rover . Perry sold 350 copies until 1983, and RW Kitcars until 2000 another 795, which were marketed as RW .