British coachbuilding firm Radford is back, but it’s based in California this time. The marque returned this year after being resurrected by a team of businesspeople, designers and drivers, and in September announced its first project in about half a century.
The model in question is called the Type 62-2. Back in the day, Radford had a reputation as an upper-crust customizer bar none, establishing a niche for itself and catering to a who’s who of the period— during its heyday, the company’s clients included Peter Sellers and the Fab Four.
In keeping with the métier of the company’s founder Douglas Radford, the brand’s newest model begins with a production car foundation, in this case a Lotus. The resulting model is a four-wheeled paean to the company’s golden age and an idealized version of the Lotus Type 62, a model which was produced during the era.
The Radford Type 62-2 is outfitted with a 3.5L V6 which delivers up to 600 horsepower—it will be offered in Classic, Gold Leaf and JPS versions, with the latter getting the most work out of the engine with help from a supercharger.
Radford will build the Type 62-2 cars in California. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the first half of next year.