EB (Edwards Brothers Ltd)
EB (Staffs) Ltd. was a British manufacturer of automotive sets . The company produced exceptionally low-cost kits for two different vehicle types. In five years more than 2000 units were created from the late 50s to the mid 60s.
EB ( Edwards Brothers) was founded in 1959 by the brothers John and Wilf Edwards, two years later, the third brother Sid Edwards participated in the company. The company was based in Tunstall in Staffordshire ; the workshops were in a disused pottery. In the early 1960s, EB's kits met with strong demand; The first two models (EB 50 and 60) were produced annually in several hundred copies. In 1962, the Edwards brothers sold the company to the engineering firm William Boulton Ltd., but initially continued the production of kits on their own. At this time, EB also produced body panels for other companies, including the truck manufacturer ERF, In 1964, EB was taken over by ERF and integrated into its own group. The production of sports car bodies ended.
The first model was the EB 50, a small two-seat sports car designed to use Ford's technical components . EB supplied only the plastic body. Initially, no accessories were available, not even a construction manual was attached. The "very simple" kit initially cost £ 39, later the price was lowered to £ 29. The EB50 was very popular; At times, the waiting time for the kit was 16 weeks.
A refined version was the EB 60, which corresponded externally to the EB 50. With its introduction, customers were also able to purchase a chassis in addition to EB's pure body, with a revised Ford chassis or an EB-designed ladder frame to choose from. In this case, EB also supplied customized suspension parts upon request.
A completely independent model was the EB Debonair. The Debonair was a closed sports car with a long bonnet, a short hatchback and a rear panorama window. Compared to the models EB 50 and 60, the debonair was significantly higher quality. The scope of supply included crank windows, a leather paneled dashboard, a chrome grille and bumpers. The price for the kit was £148. Chassis from Ford or EB were available at extra cost. From 1961 to 1964 created about 55 copies of the Debonair.
The Guildford based company LMB Components , which primarily produced small open sports cars, offered the model from 1959 under the name LMB Debonair as a fully assembled car.