Metaline was a British manufacturer of kit car automobiles from the 1980s to the mid 2000s.
Howard Brooker, who previously sold vehicles from Caterham Cars , founded the company in 1981 in Ascot , County Berkshire . He began production of cars and kits . The brand names were Metaline and Brooker . He later moved to Wisbech in Cambridgeshire .2006, the production ended. Overall, emerged at least 25 copies.
Metaline The Metaline 690 was the replica of an AC Cobra and only available as a kit. The base was a semi-spaceframe chassis. Then a one-piece body was mounted. It was made entirely of aluminum in some designs and fiberglass and carbon fiber in others . The open body could accommodate two people. Various V8 engines powered the vehicles.
The legendary AC Cobra 427 is one of the fastest production sports cars ever produced, and it is now recreated by Metaline, but with many detail changes to make the car safer, more durable and more suitable for use as everyday transport. In view of the shattering performance available, passenger safety has been given maximum priority in that the fibreglass monocoque main shell and the very substantial. chassis have undergone computer-simulated stress analysis.
The rectangular steel spaceframe chassis forms the basis for the car, and may be purchased together with the GRP bodyshell.Jaguar suspension units from the XJ series must then be fitted. The customer may choose a chassis with a monocoque shell already jigged and with mountings for suspension
and powertrain for around £2000. Alternatively, a rolling chassis complete with reconditioned suspension featuring new springs and Spax or Koni dampers costs £1666. In addition to the small or large block American V8 engines, the Rover V8 or the Ford V6 units may be used. Metaline can supply each component required to complete the car, and offer assistance at any stage of construction, right up to building a complete car. Prices start at £13,000 for a Rover V8- powered machine with standard 6 x 15 wheels and 215 x 15 tyres.
A rather special option is a hand-rolled aluminium bodyshell price was on application. Other options include the original style driver-only roll-over bar or the modern style full width item and an outside 'racing style' exhaust system or hidden 'road style' system, both of them either in black or chrome.
In the fall of 1981, the kit was offered for £1017.75 including VAT. This made it one of the first AC Cobra replicas from British production. In total, about 25 copies were made.
Brooker The Brooker 690 was the same vehicle. However, Metaline supplied this model only as a complete vehicle.
Kit Car manufacturer of Wisbech , Cambridgeshire.Great Britain from 1981 to 2006.