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The Stimson Safari Six is a Mini-based six-wheeled pickup motor vehicle designed by Barry Stimson. It was introduced into the UK market in 1972, when it was offered for sale by Design Developments at £800 (equivalent to £9,700 in 2016[a]Based on retail price index[1]). That price included a hood covering the entire vehicle from the rear to the windscreen, with a zip-up sidescreen that served as the driver’s door. The car was also available in kit form from £270, depending on its level of completion.[2] The Safari Six was in production for about a year before Design Developments went into receivership in 1974, having by then produced about 20 cars.[3]

Construction


The vehicle’s glassfibre body is mounted on a steel tubular-frame chassis. It has a fold-down rear bench seat and a lockable underfloor boot.[4]

Engine and transmission


The front-wheel drive Safari Six is powered by an 848 cc (51.7 cu in) Austin Mini engine and gearbox mounted on a Mini sub frame.[2]

Later developments


The rights to the Safari Six were acquired by Automotive Services, who planned to convert the vehicle to use a Ford Fiesta or Peugeot engine and relaunch it as the Shikara, but that never materialised.[4]

Citations



Bibliography


Booij, J. (2009). Maximum Mini: The Definitive Book of Cars Based on the Original Mini (ebook). Veloce Publishing.
Officer, L. H., & Williamson, S. H. (2018). Five Ways to Compute the Relative Value of a UK Pound Amount, 1270 to Present. Retrieved from https://www.measuringworth.com/calculators/ukcompare/

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a. Based on retail price index[1]