Mainstream concepts are occasionally described as ‘divisive’, but British company Eadon Green – here for their second year – have raised the stakes on that term quite considerably. Perched somewhere between turning heads and stomachs was their second car the Zeclat, a 1930s-referencing coupé with a mildly Morganesque front end and a frankly psychedelic purple-to-orange flip/pearlescent paint job reminiscent of the more excessive days of fellow British marque TVR.
Last year’s car, which we covered in some detail here, was an enormous luxury vehicle in a faux-vintage Rolls-Royce vein; vastly expensive to build, and of course to buy, so customers have been a little thin on the ground. This car, then, has downsized that formula, putting the 1930s Figoni & Falaschi-style body style on a modern Corvette chassis. And while it still retains some elements which are, to put it mildly, polarising, the new one has the great benefit of a less daunting presence.
Designer Ian Nisbett of Curve Vehicle Design has been manfully taking on the task of putting company owner Felix Eaton’s dreams into the shape of a roadworthy vehicle, and he gave us a quick tour of the Zeclat, as the new model is called. He was particularly proud of the elegant scoops in front of the rear wheels, which while complementing the vintage coachbuilt look, actually serve to cool the Corvette’s rear brake discs and differential.
The Corvette’s platform has been used without modification, but as he explained, the basic proportions work well with the kind of vehicle the company was aiming to build. The Zeclat may not to be everybody’s taste, but this latest model could well find a market among rock stars, Hollywood film royalty and the English aristocracy. We certainly hope so because, while not everybody loves the Eadon Green machine, it’s good to see a firm ploughing its own furrow with such bloody-minded individuality.
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