1965 Bolwell Mk VII

Photographed in August 2018 at Gosford Classic Cars, NSW, Australia

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Bolwell were a small manufacturer working out of Melbourne, Australia. They produced a range of hand-built sports cars based on locally-made running gear.

This particular car is a Mark VII, one of 400 built.

Powered by a 6-cylinder in-line Holden (GM) engine of 202 Cubic Inches, it had triple carburettors and was mated to a 5-speed Celica Manual Gearbox.

Most Bolwells were sold as a kit car complete with all mechanical components and a (rather good) Bolwell-designed suspension system.

One advantage of using Holden components was that spare parts and mechanical knowledge was readily available and affordable.

Bolwell operated between 1962 and 1979, at which time operations ceased.

A new Bolwell company was created, and began production of cars in 2009.

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Comments (12)

  • I think Bolwell are still in business. Showrooms in Seaford and at the Healey Factory in Mitcham. I can remember seeing a few examples of the original Nagari on the roads, from time to time, similar to the MkVII with a slightly wider grille intake. Much loved.

      1 year ago
    • They are, but I've yet to see a new one.. They are pretty much the Aussie TVR, wouldn't you say ?

        1 year ago
    • Was fortunate enough to see a Bolwell Nagari at Birdwood a few years back. A red one. At a hot rod gathering. “Sorta Knew” what it was but didn’t pay too much attention at the time. But an article like this is great. Sorta a stroll down memory lane...

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        1 year ago
  • This is the first time I've heard about this car. A very cool little thing. It has some TVR styling cues here and there

      1 year ago
    • Back in the 70's they were definitely a "thing".. The Euro imports hadn't really hit (apart from Jags) and everyone loved Holdens, pretty much. So a car that looked like that AND had Holden power was pretty desirable.

        1 year ago
  • When kit cars are done correctly, they are just as beautiful as mass-produced cars. This one is correct!

      1 year ago
  • Looks like if a 3000GT and ac cobra had a kid

      1 year ago