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The Clan Crusader is a fibreglass monocoque sports two-seater, powered by the Rootes Imp Sport engine, with suspension and main running gear from the same manufacturer.

The Crusader was originally conceived by a group of Lotus engineers in the late '60s. Paul Haussauer formed the Clan Motor Company and developed a prototype vehicle with the assistance of Brian Luff. The styling for the Crusader was by John Frayling.

Initial production of the first few cars started in a nursery factory in Washington, Tyne-and-Wear. They were completed and registered by July 1971. A purpose built factory unit was leased, taking advantage of government grants designed to improve employment in the area.

By the official start of production, in September 1971, five cars a week were being produced. This continued despite the coal miners' strike the next winter, the knock on effect of which caused supply problems. This prevented, to some extent, the growth of production, the factory being capable of four times this throughput.

Approximately 350 cars were built by Clan Motor Company including 19 specifically for competiton use. Some at the beginning being sold in component form, i.e. bodyshell fully trimmed, all wiring, glass and piping fitted. (in the same way as Lotus Elans) to beat the 25% purchase tax. With the advent of VAT, component kits were dropped. In May 1972 the Crusader was successfully crash tested at M.I.R.A.

Production ceased in late 1973 due to the company's financial difficulties, even though sales were still good. Several finished and part-finished cars were sold after the company's closure.

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Click on the Registration number to go to the page for that car..... 

1 August 1970

J

31  July 1971

 LUP 62 J

 

 OPT 438 J

 

       
1 August 1971

K

31  July 1972

 EVK 14 K

 

 OWW 770 K

 

       
1 August 1972

L

31  July 1973

 AAK 677 L

 

 FBT 909 L

 

 GKE 563 L

 

 JPW 953 L

 

 MHM 30 L

 

 NYH 10 L

 

 NYL 7 L

 

 OAG 763 L

 

 TAB 599 L

 

 ODM 920 L

Pete Richards

 

 VVX 291 L

1st IMP04

Peter Thorne

 
1 August 1973

M

31  July 1974

 OGE 304 M

 

 OWD 993 M

 

 RNX 901 M

 

 VTK 6 M

 

 XNP 811 M

 

 
1 August 1974

N

31  July 1975

 GET 420 N

 

 GHL 109 N

 

 JOJ 490 N

 

     
             
 

 Q 133 CPF

 

 Q 320 OBP

 

 Q 672 YNT

 

 Q 737 NTM

 

 EUJ 537 V

 

 
             
 

 No 46

 

 No 111

 

 No 247

 

 Clover

 

 TIJ 7144

 

 ZV 33772

 

 

 

(c) Andy Smith 2013