The designer William Towns founded the company in 1974 in Compton Verney in the county of Warwickshire . He started with the development and production of automobiles. The brand name was u.a. Interstyl . 1989 ended production. In total, over 350 copies were created.
The most successful product was a kit car , designed in 1979 and offered between 1980 and 1989 under the Hustler brand name .
The designer William Towns - who was also responsible for the Aston Martin Lagonda - designed the vehicle in 1978 and later produced the kits in his design studio Interstyl in Compton Verney in Warwickshire . It was a kit car . Basis of the vehicles was the mini .
The original version had steel frames made of square profile beams clad with fiberglass panels and large, flat windows. Most models had sliding doors. The front and rear subframes as well as the mechanics came from the Mini, Metro or BMC ADO16 . The Hustler was available with four and six wheels. In the six-wheeled version, two subframes of the Mini were used in the back. Stylistically, the vehicle had echoes of Lagonda and Bulldog .
Around 500 copies in various model versions were produced until 1989.
- Hustler 4 Original version on a mini basis.
- Hustler 6 With two rear mini subframes, four rear wheels were made possible.
- Hustler Huntsman Bigger, more powerful model based on the 1100/1300 or Mini-Metro. Versions with 4 and 6 wheels.
- Hustler Hellcat Spartan SUV version with 4, more rarely with 6 wheels.
Hustler Hellcat the 'popular' end of the market with a Mini-Moke style. The idea is a basic, simple vehicle Which is strong, utilitarian, economical and great fun to drive. It also features modern styling and a tempting body/chassis unit price of £869 plus VAT for the four-wheeler or £999 plus VAT for the six-wheeler.Contained in the kit are all the items needed apart from those which come from the Mini base vehicle. In other words, you receive the black painted upper and lower tubular steel frames between which is sandwiched the large glassfibre floor/bulkhead moulding. Other mouldings supplied are the bonnet and under-bonnet panels, all glassfibre items being finished in black Otherwise, apart from other basic necessities like windscreen, side lamps, tail lamps, reflectors. some catches and hinges, that's really all there is to the Hellcat After that, it's all down to fitting the Mini front subframe complete with engine and gearbox, rear subframe (two in the case of the six- wheeler), pedals, gearshift, exhaust system, braking system, heater, instruments, wiring, horn, wiper motor, fuel tank, steering column and rack With all these parts previously prepared, about 40 hours should see the job complete.
- Hustler sports Two-seat convertible on mini basis.
As with the rest of the Hustler range, the Sport is based on the Mini.The complete body/chassis kit costs £l650 plus VAT and consists ofa white painted, two-part tubular steel frame (including roll-over bar), bronze-tinted windscreen and a set of white body panels floor/bulkhead moulding, side panels, front air dam, wheel arch flares, louvred bonnet, facia panel and hinged bootlid. Also included in the kit are the tail lamps, soft top and side screens. After that, it's back to the good old Mini for virtually all mechanical components, the only exceptions being the special wiper arm and blade, a fuel tank from a Ford Fiesta and a set of Colt Sapporo-type headlamps. Very suitable extras for the finished vehicle are the special rear-view mirror shrouds.Most important option for the Sport is the alternative Sprint body style which pushes the kit price up to £l735 plus VAT but produces a very sharp looking GT-style Hustler — a sort of mini Audi Quattro. In this case, the kit also includes all glass, opening rear window (with struts), locks etc.
- Hustler Sprint Two-seater coupe on a mini base, with a flatter windshield and a roughly 8-inch lower body.
- The Hustler in Wood With plywood boards, light metal frame and glass construction.
- Hustler Holiday Combination version with 4 or 6 wheels.
- Hustler Force Model with conventional instead of sliding doors. With 4 or 6 wheels.
- Hustler Highlander Six-wheeled luxury model with Jaguar V12 engine, of which only eight were built.
- Hustler Harrier High roof version that could accommodate a wheelchair in the rear.
In 1978, the Astra was born . This was a small car . A transversely mounted four-cylinder engine from the Mini propelled the vehicle. The vehicle remained a prototype .
In 1985, the Black Prince as a single piece. This was a replica of the Invicta Black Prince . The chassis of the Reliant Kitten formed the base. There was a connection to Invicta Cars from Plymouth .
1986 appeared the a simple open two seater using Morris components. In the Tracer's case, the mechanical side is pure MG Metro Turbo. The height of the mid mounted power unit is hidden by clever head rest fairings, allowing the very low waistline to look completely natural. The nose panel hinges forward and the headlights are concealed behind a flip down panel fore of the windscreen. Lift up the engine cover and you immediately have access to the boot. Both soft tops and a slide back hard top are available for this doorless two seater, which can be purchased in the UK in kit form.
Top speed 120 mph-Bhp 94-Torque 85- Engine 1275 CC 4 Cyl.
The pizazz created between 1986 and 1987, three copies. These used parts from the Peugeot 205 .