At the Pack Horse Inn, Affetside, Alan Hunter showed his two friends Ian Foster and Tony Rogers a brochure of a Volkswagen, rear engined fibreglass replica of a Bugatti Type 35 he had picked up on a business trip to America. Ian Foster, once a chassis designer for Daimler, demonstrated on the back of a cigarette packet, how a strong chassis could be produced using the American body moulds to end up with a front engined version. In short the Worsley Bugatti was born. However, Ian remembered from his days at Daimler, Worsley was the nickname for a Friday car – a duff one – so a search was made for a new name. In the end Trafford Engineering Automotive Limited (TEAL) was decided upon. In 1986, Bob Jones purchased TEAL Cars from Ian Foster. Bob developed (with chassis builder Peter Farrell) the early T35 to accept a more authentic aluminium coachwork. On the 5th October 1986 the first all-aluminium Teal was born. Public reaction was highly positive with the company selling 16 cars in the first six months. The TEAL was further developed with the Types 43, 44, 52 and 59 versions also being manufactured. TEAL Cars finally ceased production in 1998. Today, there is a thriving club to cater for all types of the TEAL.
This fine example of the TEAL Type 35 is fitted with the more desirable later aluminium coachwork, not to be confused with the lesser GRP production models. The TEAL is powered by an uprated MG “B” series engine, featuring a 12H2709 head with hardened valve seats, Kent springs and upgraded camshaft, chrome-moly push rods, high lift roller rockers, larger HS4 SU carburettors, a fuel pressure regulator and electronic ignition. Finished in Bugatti Blue with a Navy leather interior and wire wheels, and with a fresh MoT certificate, this is an authentic-looking Type 35 tribute which offers much of the feel of the “real thing” but at a fraction of the price – what fun!