Weird Car Of The Day: 1959 Frisky Convertible Special

In the post-World War II era, microcars were predominantly practical but lacked style and comfort. However, a few forward-thinkers saw potential in blending engineering prowess, affordability, and aesthetic appeal in small cars.

One such pioneer was Captain Raymond Flower, a former British racing driver. Teaming up with his brothers and design engineer Gordon Bedson, Flower launched automotive projects under the Phoenix banner in Cairo, Egypt. Despite challenges like political unrest, their compact car concept gained traction upon their return to England, thanks to Henry Meadows (Vehicles) Ltd.

In 1956, Bedson collaborated with Meadows’ designer to create the Bug prototype, featuring distinctive gullwing doors. Meanwhile, renowned designer Giovanni Michelotti at Vignale worked on the production version. Although the initial Frisky model displayed at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show was too costly for mass production, Michelotti’s elegant design set the tone for future Frisky models.

Production of the Frisky sport convertible began in 1958, powered by a two-cylinder Villiers motorcycle engine with a unique four-wheel configuration. Despite ownership changes in 1958, Frisky Cars, Ltd. expanded its lineup to include a four-wheeled coupe and a three-wheel closed-roof variant, offering versatility and economy.

This specific Frisky, creatively transformed from a Family Three coupe into a three-wheeled convertible, showcases meticulous detail with “FriskySport” badging and vibrant sky-blue paint. Although operations ceased in 1961, Frisky’s legacy endures with approximately 1,500 vehicles produced, only 75 of which remain today, each a charming and rare piece of automotive history.

Source: RM Sotheby’s