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Men in Sheds – Hamblin Cadet & De Luxe

The attractive lines of the original Hamblin Deluxe

The attractive lines of the original Hamblin Deluxe

Sid Hamblin was a proficient panel beater based in Dorset who fashioned an aluminum body for installation on an Austin Seven chassis in 1956. The design was attractive and the mechanicals were plentiful and inexpensive to obtain so Hamblin decided to offer the body for sale as a kit.

The Hamblin cadet was more successful with more than 200 kits sold

The Hamblin cadet was more successful with more than 200 kits sold

The Hamblin Deluxe was launched in 1957 with an aluminum body designed for the later 81-inch Austin chassis but he could adapt the body for use with the shorter, earlier version or for use with a Ford 88-inch chassis. The kit was comprised of 19 aluminum panels with pre-drilled flanges that could be assembled in little time. An owner need only have fabricated floorpans and a backrest to finish the vehicle. Despite the high quality of the package and a display at the Super Accessories show in Bromley there were few takers for the kits and it was withdrawn from sale in the fall of 1957 with only a dozen sold.

Based on 7 mechanicals like the Deluxe the Cadet featured a fiberglass body

Based on 7 mechanicals like the Deluxe the Cadet featured a fiberglass body

Undeterred from the failure of the Deluxe, Hamblin fashioned another body for use with the Austin 7 and this attempt – the Hamblin Cadet – was much more successful. With a very low price – among the lowest on the market – the fiberglass-bodied cadet resembled a Ferrari 166 or 2-seat grand prix car. The body could be adapted for use with the Morris Eight and Fiat 500 (among others) and the more sporting nature of the body appealed to potential buyers.

7671706674_6ea4854c46_oThe Hamblin Cadet was sold in two series – the latter marked by integrated rear fenders – and more than 200 were produced. By 1960, Hamblin had moved on to other endeavors leaving the cars largely forgotten today.

By Johnny Oversteer

 

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'Men in Sheds – Hamblin Cadet & De Luxe' have 3 comments

  1. November 15, 2016 @ 5:07 am Simon Leadbitter

    I am hoping you may be able Me please

    i have a Hamblin Cadet body that i wanted to fit to a austin 7

    i have a 1937 chassis and i think the shell i have was to go on a 1933 chassis

    so want i want is do you know anyone who would be happy for me to talk to – go see – who has a Hamblin Cedit ?

    Simon / Cowbridge south Wales

    Reply

  2. October 2, 2017 @ 5:38 am Richard Osborne

    Hi,
    I have what I now know to be a Hamblin delux. I am looking for someone that I could talk to about it as I have a host of questions.
    I’d be grateful if you could put me in touch please.

    Reply

    • March 22, 2018 @ 1:20 pm G.V.Dawson

      Dear Richard ,
      I have just seen your request for information about your Hamblin De Luxe . I have one . I know Tom Hamblin ( Sids son ) who would be grateful to know about your car , he has compiled a register of all known Hamblins .

      Reply


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