news about headlight covers was, perhaps, a little premature.
we have indeed tracked down the original buck used to
manufacture the acrylic headlight covers for the F2,
and could soon be in a position to have a fresh batch
made, the first quote we've received is not exactly
attractive. In fact, it works out at £141 per
set. To put this in perspective, the original price
from Latham Sports Cars fifteen years ago was £85
per set, including VAT. The last time a batch was done,
almost five years ago, the figure had risen to £117.
In that context, perhaps £141 isn't so bad.
basic reason for the high cost is that the headlight
covers for the F2 are not as simple as they might be.
They incorporate a series of compound curves, and because
of the nature of the buck used to create them, cannot
be made using the quicker and easier vacuum form method.
Instead they have to be drape-formed, and each cover
must be processed as many as five times to achieve the
correct curvature. This means that every cover is fairly
labour-intensive, and this is reflected in the price.
said all that, the more we order, the cheaper the unit
cost will become. If you are not put off completely
by the figures above and are looking for a replacement
set - or never even had any - then get in touch as soon
as possible and we will try to refine the quote. In
the meantime, we are also trying to source an alternative
you have any suggestions, please contact the Register
are in the process (October 2009) of commissioning a
manufacturer to create templates for the production
of replacement vinyl and cloth hoods for the Latham
F2. The cost of preparing the pattern may be around
£265, but if we can gather together sufficient
orders for the hoods themselves, which in vinyl are
likely to be around £225, then the cost of the
tooling can be spread across several orders, and thereby
be made more economic.
you would like a new or spare hood for your latham F2,
please Contact us as soon