One of the lesser-known Australian brands is Bolwell, which got its start in the 1960's building kit cars and later moved on to build a small number of production models called the Nagari (full history from the Bolwell Car Club). Powered by various Holden and Ford engines, the vehicles tended to take the prevailing design trends of the day and reproduce them &mdash with mixed results. It's been almost 30 years since their last full model, but they plan to return with a new Nagari powered by a supercharged 3.5-liter Toyota V6 good for 0-62 mph in four seconds. The new model is set to debut at the Melbourne Motor Show next year. Press release below the jump:
Bolwell Nagari launch for Melbourne
One of Australia 's sports car legends will be re-born in February when the all-new Bolwell Nagari is revealed at the Melbourne International Motor Show.
The new Nagari is the dream car of Campbell Bolwell, who built the original Nagari in the 1970s in collaboration with his brother Graeme.
Like its namesake, the new Nagari embodies the latest and best of high-performance sports car technology, which has moved on immensely in three decades.
The new Nagari is a mid-engined carbon fibre composite monocoque coupe powered by a quad-cam, supercharged, 3 litre V6, whereas the original Nagari carried its 5 litre V8 up front in a steel backbone chassis clad in fibreglass.
Fifty years ago Campbell Bolwell began designing and building sports cars, and today he has created a true successor to his original Nagari, with unique styling, low volume exclusivity and high quality workmanship.
Performance targets include a 0-100 km/h time of 4 seconds, achieved through a classic combination of light weight - under 900 kg - and the power of a supercharged Toyota V6, generally similar to that developed by Toyota for the TRD Aurion.
All-wishbone suspension also draws on classic concepts of ultra-soft springing with lots of control for large suspension movement and fine handling.
The interior is roomy and sensible with good access and comfortable performance seating for a driver and passenger up to at least 195 cm (6'5") tall.
Melbourne International Motor Show is organised and promoted by the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce through its dealer division the Australian Automobile Dealers Association (Vic). [Bolwell via World Car Fans]