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1971-1974 CLAN Crusader specifications


So much more than a kit car, the Clan Crusader was an exercise in lightness and efficiency, while proving that the Hillman Imp’s Coventry Climax engine really was something special. It was a classic ‘70s British sports car – fibreglass body, off-the-shelf engine and gearbox, all clothed in a wedge-shaped body. It was pricey, at 40% more than an MG Midget, but the Crusader was electric to drive, and the material choice for the bodywork means the survival rate is rather good. The engine is well-supported in the tuning community, too.

Production

  • Production:
    315
  • Price at launch:
    £1,399
  • Price (excellent)
    £4,000
  • Price (good):
    £3,250
  • Price (average):
    £1,650
  • Price (project):
    £650

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    12.5secs
  • Top speed:
    100.0mph
  • Power:
    51.0bhp
  • Torque:
    52.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    34.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, coil spring
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-Engine RWD
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and glassfibre body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3810mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2090mm
  • Width:
    1486mm
  • Height:
    1092mm
  • Weight:
    578kgs

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