Concept Centaur GT Probe
1971 to 1977
|Engine||Four cylinders in line Capacity: Bore: Stroke:||53.04 cu in or 875cc 2.67" 2.37"|
|Steering||Rack and pinion|
|Brakes||Front drum (leading shoe): 8in dia. Rear drum: 8 in dia.|
|Suspension||Front: Rear:||Independent (swing axle) coil springs with concentric dampers Independ (semi-trailing links) coil springs with dampers|
|Wheels||Revolution light alloy Front: Rear:||10" dia 13" dia.||25,4 cm 33,6 cm|
|Body / Chassis||G.R.P. monocoque with steel and plywood reinforcement.|
|Dimensions||Wheelbase Front track Rear track Overall length Width Height Fuel tank capacity||7'8" 4'5" 4'2" 13' 5'6" 37" six gallons||234 cm 135 cm 123 cm 396 cm 168 cm 94 cm 27 litre|
|Performance||Max. speed: (approx.) Fuel consumption: (approx.)||110 mph 50-55 mpg||164 kph|
The Concept Centaur GT was a kit car first built by Concept Cars Ltd of Middleton, Leicestershire, in 1973 and marketed from 1974 to 1977. The design was very much influenced by the Probe 15 from Adams Probe Motor. The car is famous for possibly being the lowest car ever made being only 94 cm (37 in) high. It was based on the Hillman Imp and the body was a GRP-and-plywood monocoque with box section and steel tube reinforcement. The number of vehicles produced is disputed, both 26 and 52 have been quoted.
In 1978 a new 2+2 version was developed, but the project was passed on to Mirage Developments who sold it as the Mirage Pulsar.
The Durango 95 in the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange was probably a Probe 16. Only three of these were made. All three are still in existence, including the car used in Clockwork Orange Dennis Adams has recently revealed in an interview that he had sold the car used in the Clockwork Orange in 1971 to sponsor his move to the United States.
Car Options list
Stage 1 Body Chassis Unit -
Basic GRP/Ply/Steel monocoque with integral seats, roll hoop, fiited with windscreen, sidescreens, and all body panels.
Basic price £500 including VAT
|Modified or special components:|
|Steering column Gear Shift Wiring Loom Cibie qh Headlamps||£7 exchange £4 exchange £25 Current trade price|
Stage 2 Body Chassis Unit
Rear engined two seater sports car with full integral roll structure. Large flat windscreen in laminated safety glass. Luggage space behind seats. Front boot. Petrol tank. Perspex sidescreens giving wide angle vision, and hinged at front leadign edge to give access to car interior. Removable rear deck for easy engine accesibility. Lather covered aluminium steering wheel. Instrumenmts and switches fitted. Gearstick and handbrake between seats. Fully upholstered and carpeted. Wiring loom, hydraulic pipes, wipers and washers all fited. Quartz halogen headlamps with sidelamps, front and rear indicators, stop/side tail lamps. Finished in your own choice of any manufacturers colour. Heater and ventilator. All other components excluding engine/transaxle, suspension, radiator, battery, wheels and tyres.
£1050 including VAT
As Stage Two body chassis unit plus engine etc. to complete as a running car.
Prices from £1580 excluding VAT and car tax depending upon specification
- Sundym Windscreen
- Radio and/or Tape
- Special Paint finish
- Special Upholstery finish
- Quick release, cricket bat
Concept Cars on display
Clockwork Orange cult film. Concept Cars Adams Design Probe (1971)