A unique car with fantastic history! After world war 2 a new catagory of car began to appear the "Trials Special" many built in sheds and garages using an existing car as a base. The most common of which was the Austin special, built on an Austin 7 chassis and running gear given its production numbers and ease of spare parts and upgrades. Some individuals took this further building "Specials" for customers or on commission. The aim being to uses in Trials, hill climbs and other forms of motorsport. Being bases on an existing platform they were easier to get past the scrutineers and entry committees.
In 1953s Cyril Monk and his father James built the "Monk Special" at their home in Slough. Both of engineering backgrounds they started with the chassis from a Morris the engine from a Ford for ease of maintenance and availability of parts, they then began testing brakes, axles, suspension by driving it around the garden of the family home.
Fitted with a home designed and built body of wood frame and aluminium bodywork as well as a fold away roof designed and made by Cyril's wife who refused to travel in the car if it did not have a roof. Mrs Monk also played a part in sourcing other parts including instruments. Cyril is quoted as saying "She has a natural tendency to haunt the shops" making her the ideal candidate to source the required parts.
Fitted with a custom designed radiator starting off as an Austin 8 in order to keep the car as low as possible and supplied with 2 gearboxes and 2 exhausts. 1 of each for the road then 1 of each for the hill climb competitions it was designed to compete in.
Where the Monk family went the extra mile was to register the car with the DVLA as a "Monk Special" this was with a larger production idea in mind. Where most specials are simply registered as an Austin Special or still as the original base car the Monk became a marque in its own right. Cyril had plans to sell his cars to other like minded motorsport fans, he took out adverts in the newspapers to begin accepting orders. At this point we aren't sure why no more were produced.
The car is with us today after the Monk family had to remove the rear wall of the garage to get the car out of the garden. Currently owned by the first owner outside of the Monk family and only the 3rd owner in total. First was Cyril Monk, Second was his nephew who inherited the car on Cyril's death and now the current owner.
Sold with a book of original photos taken throughout the build process, letters and drawings from a designer for the logo, original newspaper interviews and adverts, certificates from shows, Cyril's hand written cost sheet detailing all his expenditure on parts and tonneau cover and side screens along with receipts from Green street coach works who made the cover for £10.15
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