11 hours ago
Heard of the 2002 FBS Census V6? No neither had I until last year, when (as you do at 3am) came across a strangely titled video on YouTube, with what looked like an unrecognisable Alfa Romeo.
It was in fact, a small, two seater sports car produced by two ex Rover engineers Andrew Barber & Robin Hall, with power coming from a Ford Duratec 2.5 V6.
The looks were a result of a post-graduate competition at Coventry University, designed in full by Giovanni Dobliolli, who had also had success with Pininfarina.
The FBS Census had the feel of junior TVR about it, with a clamshell hood, the front is free from shut lines and looks some what pretty until you peek around the side to see the, let’s just say ‘distinctive’ character lines of the car, the rear also has a very Pug like charm to it.
Of course like many small start up companies, it failed to garner much attention and only 8 or so complete customer cars were produced.
I’ve only seen 2 Cencus’ previously up for sale, with one being sold at a Bonhams auction in 2004 and the other in February 2018 on eBay ( the yellow cars pictured)
Shame really, as early reviews by @tiff_needell and @autocar_official were very promising.