Welcome to the
Spartan Owner's Club
The Spartan is an old style roadster based on either Triumph Herald / Vitesse or Ford Cortina Mk III - MkV cars.
This page has a brief introduction and history, lists the recent updates and has any important news. Please navigate the site using the buttons to the left. Only click here if you cannot see the welcome banner above or navigation to the left.

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The club is based in the UK though we have members scattered around the world: Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Norway, USA, Australia, New Zealand. The club has a membership of around 150.

Many left hand drive Spartan kits were exported to Holland, there is now a Dutch Spartan Owners Club.

Click the form button to the left for a copy of the membership application form.

The Regalia post is currently vacant due to health reasons. Anyone who is prepared to take on the post either temporarily till the AGM or permanently please contact John Cleaver for details.

28/9/17 Club member Roger Stamps. Revesby Garage Services advert click here
18/07/17 Wanted 14" diameter steel spitfire wheels, 51/2 J (singles or full set) preferably with out tyres.
Telephone Jim Palmer 01522 697955
30/6/17 Spartacus 40.3 is out (members click here)
30/4/17 Photos from Stoneleigh 2017 Spartan Stand click here to see
30/4/17 New - 2017 Hall of Fame Concours winners click here to see
30/4/17 AGM and new Committee Members click here to see
19/3/2017 2 Spartan rebuild stories Ian Gosling and Martin Pitt
19/3/2017 New Spartacus in PDF get an early read while it is at the printers. Includes details of the AGM 30th April 2017.
19/3/2017 Collingbourne Hennah Law have given us a booklet - A guide to road collision claims
02/02/17 Events/car shows 2017
02/02/17 Spartacus in the members area
19/8/16 Wanted Hood
1/6/16 Concours results, Hall of Fame
31/3/16 AGM and Concours now on Sunday 1st May see more on Events
10/3/16 AGM details posted in Events
15/6/15 A Spartan build, sale and rediscovery.
4/5/15 Photos of Stoneleigh 2015

The club is a member of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs. Find out more about this and its work in the members area. There are quite a few of their newsletters for you to read.

The Spartan was the idea of Jim McIntyre who produced the first Spartan Kit in 1973. This was based on the Triumph Herald or Vitesse and used the Herald chassis. Later Spartan produced their own chassis as the Triumph ones were starting to rot.

When the Herald ceased to be produced the car underwent a major re-design and was based on the Ford Cortina MK3 to 5.

In 1995 the Spartan Factory ceased to trade.

During those 22 years Jim developed several other kits starting with the Sherwood Estate, and the Starcraft Camper both of which were based on the Cortina. The factory was based in Pinxton, Nottinghamshire. In later years Steve Beardsall (who had been Jim's floor manager for many years) took over the company and produced the Treka which was based on the Ford Fiesta. During this time around 4000 kits were produced. Many of the older kits are now being bought and re-built.

Find out more about your Ford Cortina donor click here.

Find out more about your Triumph donor click here.

Over the last year (2013) the Club has been consulted regarding Spartan Cars for a book on motor car manufacturing in Nottinghamshire which is now published. For full details please see

For Sale / Wanted Section (free adverts for club members click here)

The club has replaced the yahoo group with a facebook page click here for more details. To get access as a friend (members only) e-mail the webmaster with your name Town and membership

Tech File

Members, this file is a compendium of Hints and Tips taken from Spartacus over the years. It used to be sold to members at the cost of photo copying and postage. This is now replaced by the PDF documents for you to download as required. They can be found in the members area.

This site was re-designed when it moved to this new URL in June 2008.

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