A forgotten prototype of the supercharged Squire Eight, built in the early 90s is to surface once more. The aluminium-bodied roadster with its iconic Squire sloping chromed radiator surround, dates from the early 90s.
Years passing by and change in priorities has led this beautiful car's current owner put it on sale, together with manufacturing tooling and design data that remains, as well as the legal and commercial title to the original Squire Motors Ltd. company name.
This links it back to the original 10 Adrian Squire manufactured machines made at Henley on Thames, and the three Remenham-built cars assembled from components in the late 1940s after Adrian Squire's death and the closure of the business.
Constructed using traditional English ash-framed coachbuilding techniques, and underpinned by an innovative semi-monocoque peripheral frame chassis with all-round independent suspension, this Squire prototype was intended to use the Buick Rover V8 engine.
Although showcased at a numerous exhibitions and classic car events, the prototype was never further developed to a road going car. The company instead made a decision to invest in component sourcing, tooling and manufacturing planning, to support a 10 to 15 unit production number per year target.
The supercharged Squire Eight might be said to have been born out of time. The car's price tag put it above the comparable Morgan Plus 8.
The 90s saw a massive movement in the production of neo-classics and replicas, most of them centered around naked power and long-distance creature comfort. The Squire Eight's attention to detail was may be just too subtle for its time.