Status (Brian Luff Ltd)
Brian Luff Limited , previously Status Company , Status Motors and Engine Marianne , was a British manufacturer of automobiles .
Brian Luff, who previously worked at Lotus Cars , founded 1971's Status Company in Norwich , Norfolk . He started producing automobiles and kits . The brand name was Status . Numerous name changes and relocations followed. From 1971 to 1973 Status Motors was based in New Buckenham in Norfolk, from 1973 to 1974 engine Marianne and from 1974 to 1975 Status Company also. The most recent company Brian Luff Limited had its seat from 1976 to 1977 in Essex , Jersey from 1980 to 1981 and Bawburgh at Norwich from 1985 to 1996 . In the year ended production. Overall, emerged about 71 copies.
First model was the symbol . The mechanics of the Mini and a four-cylinder engine of Austin with 1,100 cc engine capacity . It was an open two-seater, which weighed only 450 kg. Between 1971 and 1972, eight copies were made.
This was followed by the almost unchanged Minipower . From this originated between 1972 and 1973 20 chassis and eight superstructures.
The most successful model was the 365 , so-called because it could be used according to the manufacturer's instructions every day of the year. He was also based on the Mini. On top of that, a two-door hatchback with a large tailgate and four-passenger space with luggage designed by John Frayling was assembled. Between 1974 and 1981, 40 copies were made.
About the 1985 prototype Abacus is known only that he wore a modern body. The Streaker of 1985 was a sports car and remained a unique piece. The sabot was similar to the Mini Moke .Until 1996, a small station wagon was created .
Automotive manufacturer of Norfolk .Great Britain from 1971 to 1996.