BRA (Beribo Replica Automobiles )
John Berry and Peter Ibbotson founded the 1981 Beribo Replica Automobiles at Doncaster in County South Yorkshire .
They started with the production of automobiles and kits . The brand name is BRA . In 1993, production finally ended when the two founders withdrew. Rodney Rushton from Cheriton Bishop in Exeter , BRA Engineering from Holywell in Flintshire , BRA Motor Works from Flint in Flintshire, Leighton Cars from Maidstone in Kent and current Aero Cycle Cars from Ditchling in East Sussex continued the production of the various models while maintaining the brand name.
The BRA was introduced in 1981 to recreate the atmosphere B.R.A. of the most thunderous sports cars of the sixties, the classic Cobra, made famous by the legendary Carroll Shelby. Based around MGB mechanical components, the BRA combines lively performance (shattering with the V8) original. And it's very important, too, to mention the car's superb high standards of quality and finish.
The price of a basic kit was £2400 plus VAT. It comprises a tubular steel chassis with all brackets fitted and mounting points pre-drilled. The semi-monocoque bodyshell, of hand-laid glassfibre construction and finished in grey gel coat, is guaranteed to fit onto the chassis since it comes already bolted on! A majority of components from the MGB may be fitted straight to the BRA kit, including the engine, gearbox, front and rear suspension,
and also ancillaries such as the petrol tank, heater, handbrake, windscreen wiper assembly, instruments, hinges and door locks. Other components from the base vehicle which do require modification are the pedal box, propshaft and steering column — all supplied on an exchange basis with the kit though. The rear suspension needs softening, and the ride height for the front suspension must be carefully set.
The basic kit and a base vehicle offer a fairly complete specification,
but weather equipment and various trim options are available, as well as wire wheels. Also BRA V8 kit, designed to accept the Rover 3.5 V8 powerplant.