Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crusader's Lost Battle

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crusader's Lost Battle

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Byline: By Ian Johnson

When former Lotus engineer Paul Haussauer founded the Clan Motor Company in 1971 he came up with a cracking little design for a sports car.

He called it the Clan Crusader and like the Lotus cars on which he had gained experience, it was made of glassfibre.

It looked a little like the Lotus Elite of the 1950s, but had a more angular 70s stance.

Like its chief rival the Ginetta G15 it used the running gear from the quirky Hillman/Sunbeam Imp Sports. This meant that it featured a rear-mounted alloy overhead cam four-cylinder engine of just 875cc which produced 51bhp at 6,100rpm.

This gave the little Crusader a top speed of nearly 100mph with the capacity to reach 60mph in around 13 seconds.

The Crusader also used the Imp front suspension, but handled very well and became a popular racing car until its homologation was rescinded by the RAC because the necessary 500 had not been built to qualify it for its Group 4 status. …

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