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F2043 - SOLD

One of the finest Latham sportscars in existence, F2043 was offered for sale a few years ago, and found a new and enthusiastic home.

This example of the F2 Super Sports was built to the very highest standards by Roger Capps of Rye in Kent and had only covered about 4,000 miles from new, prior to the recent sale.

As a professional in the motor trade, Roger had access to the parts, the staff and the expertise to ensure that F2043 was not only built beautifully in the first place, but was cherished from that day forward. As a result this sale represented a unique opportunity to obtain a rare and very special motor car, and at a fraction of the cost that Roger himself had met in order to create and maintain the car - well over £20,000.

The car was built around one of the middle series chassis, and so benefits from many of the enhancements incorporated into the F2 design following the experiences gained from earlier examples. Into this Roger installed a fully rebuilt Dolomite Sprint 16 Valve 2 litre unit, complete with TriumphTune inlet manifold and twin Delorto 45 carburettors. At a conservative estimate, this should be generating in excess of 160 Bhp. Bearing in mind the light weight of the car - something around 850 kilos - that's an exceptional power-to-weight ratio.

The car is fitted with an independent oil cooler, together with a thermostatically controlled Kenlowe electric cooling fan. During the rebuild one of the later uprated twelve-vane water pumps was employed.

Almost uniquely, Roger's F2 enjoys the benefits of a genuine five-speed gearbox, rather than the more usual four-speed with overdrive. Roger also went to the expense of having special DurAluminium wheelspacers machined and fitted in order to achieve the recommended track, and these incorporate the vitally important flange that ensures the best possible hub location.

The interior of the car is exceptional. Ivory-coloured leather has been used extensively, not only on the seats, but also on the door trim, around the dashboard, along the transmission tunnel, and around the rear compartment. The seats themselves are the genuine Latham design, and offer the best driving position and visibility for the F2.

A leather-trimmed steering wheel is included, and the interior is topped off by a beige vinyl hood, hand made to Latham's own patterns by the original subcontractors in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire.

The dashboard features a real-wood veneer finish and full instrumentation, including speedometer, rev counter, oil temperature, water temperature, ammeter, clock, Kenlowe over-ride switch and heater controls.

During Roger's period of ownership, F2043 was exhibited from time to time at kit car and country shows, and won several awards.

The new owner took delivery in December 2009. Although the car's MOT had lapsed, this was soon sorted and the car was polished and back on the road in time for the Stoneleigh show in 2010.

Click on any image to view an enlargement. These enlargements will appear in a fresh window, and can be closed by clicking on the [x] in the top right-hand corner. Your browser will need to be enabled to permit pop-up windows. The image below shows F2043 arriving at her new home in December 2009.

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