original promo leaflet, page 1 of 4
with Bill Nugent on the right on Scottish Television set

Registration

TMR 222J

Model

Adams Probe 2001

Owner

Colin Feyerabend (2013)

Location

Kent, England

Notes

 

The first of  four  production cars built in Bradford on Avon by the Probe Motor Company, this one was Lamborghinni Green (lime green). It had a Janspeed tuned BMC 1800 engine bored out to 2000cc and A frame suspension.  The car used by Bill Nugent of WT Nugent (Engineering) Ltd. , to promote the car in brochures and at car shows, although this name strangely does not appear on the log books . Former owners include Robert May, Devizes, Scotland , Douglas Hodgins, Troon, Scotland and Tom MacNab also of Troon. Currently (sept 2012) undergoing restoration with Sussex Kitcars . Now has a replacement roof as of Jan 2012.

Exhibited at the Jackie Stewart Speed Show, Glasgow, March 1971 This registration may have been shared by with P3 chassis number at times, there is currently uncertainty about this.  It is P2001 on both the chassis and the logbook. UK Registration search returns “Green, other British makes, other sports” (June 2012)

 

 

Chassis No. P2001

From Cable Magazine 1975. The photo shows David King, who had just purchased the car in Bristol.

Adams Probe 2001

MUT 273L

Registration

MUT 273L

Model

Probe 2001 X

Owner

?

Location

?

Notes

This car was featured in Cable Magazine in 1975, with new owner David King, from near Wherstead, who had just purchased it from someone in Bristol. In the magazine article it is called a Probe 2001X. Note the offset bonnet badge and bonnet graphics just above the bumper. The article also states that Mr King also bought a set of 2001 moulds when he bought the car. Nothing more is known of the car or the moulds. This car was featured in Cable Magazine in 1975, with new owner David King who had just purchased it from someone in Bristol. Whereabouts today are unknown. We believe that this the car was built up from spare parts and copy moulds by Melvin Bell in Trowbridge who worked for Adams, from day one, as the mould maker/builder and carried out a lot of work from his workshop/garage at home for Adams.  This origin is evidenced by the fact that it is a spyder (open car) it has no roof and all the gubbins around the wheel arches to enable them to lift is missing. Indeed the top section around the wings is a single piece and has no flaps in it. roof wing is different from all other 2001 cars and the lower section is clearly full width joined to the main bodywork and straight whereas on proper 2001s it was curved and had a gap each side of about 6 inches to allow for the roof to slide pass, this means that it never had a roof the other clue is the mounting of the mirror that would foul the roof when it shut  It is possible that this car was featured in the Wiltshire Times at the time in an article by Trevor Porter. Current fate & location unknown. Registration search in June 2012 shows no return.

Probe 2001 Document Viewer:

Archive of media articlesetc

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Peter Adams Dennis Adams brothers Adams Probe 2001 car WT Nugent (Engineering) Ltd Caledonian Probe Motor Company Jackie Stewart Speedshow 1971

Chassis No. P1

Registration

PJO 241J

Model

Adams Probe 2001

Owner

John Masi  (2013)

Location

Miami, Florida

Notes

The 2nd of the cars built at Bradford on Avon and the only one with an automatic gearbox.This car is chassis number P1. It has been with the current owner since 1973. It was painted orange when bought, but underlying colour is lime green. It is a left hand drive car  and was featured in the Jackie Stewart Speed Show brochure of 1971. Original owner was Fernando Nunez Fabrega y Portuondo the Panamanian consul to the Bahamas who lived in Spain at the time. Fernando had the instrument panel reconfigured to a central position. It was sold onto a US citizen, Michael J O’Neil in Nov 72, then to a Spaniard Jose Luis Sanz in Dec 72 and bought by the current owner in July 1973 in the Bahamas. Due to non compliance with US emissions and crash standards it’s passage into the US had to be eased by a congressman, Dante Facell. The car has been dry stored since 1973, all parts are supposedly present.. Registration search shown no return (Sept 2013).

from the 1971 Jackie Stewart Speedshow brochure

Registration

MSG 931T

Model

Adams Probe 2001

Owner

John Mouat (2011)

Location

Edinburgh, Scotland

Notes

Originally yellow, the ownership record dates from 1982 when it was red,  we presume that this is still the car that John has. It was built in Bradford-on-Avon. P3 may have been the car used by Richard Phillips of the Probe Motor Co. as his transport until the sale to Nugent’s it was then sent to Scotland along with P2 and  P2001. The P3 chassis could not have had this “T” registration at that time .The “T” reg plate relates to year ‘78-’79. Registration search shown no return (Sept 2013).

Chassis No. P3

Costin Timera

Trevor Chatfield

1977

Where is it  now ?

The Timpson / Costin Timera - Based on the Probe 2001 moulds

Probe 7001

Registration

Unfinished and unregistered

Model

Probe 7001

Owner

none

Location

Broken up

Notes

The car was never finished, and was caught up in the company receivership, and sold on. It was a three seater, with central driver position and two passengers slightly behind.  The chassis was a simple ladder with two 4"x2" longitudinal members, although a space frame based on the central rails was more likely planned for the final form as  the ladder chassis alone would not have been able to take the stresses

It had Jaguar "S" Type front and rear suspension  and a mid-mounted American V8 engine. It was sold on  to Rory McMath at Marcos. Peter  Adams had bought all the mechanical parts as was their usual practice from a local Breakers Yard. Rory supplied probably the only three photos in existence  to the website. He described it as a mixture of Probe and Marcos Mantis M70. He sold it on in the 1970's to a friend, and he reckons it was scrapped many years ago. He said it was very advanced in concept, with the central steering connected by a chain to the rack, and the drivers seat swivelled round when the gull wing door was opened to aid entry. All the minor controls were in the armrests of the seat !  It was great shame that the bodywork was not completed, as  it would have looked considerably better than the frame for the mock-up suggests.

 

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Photo supplied by Rory McMath via Terry Smith

Chassis No. P2 (AB/5)  The Prototype 2001

Registration

PCS 314J

Model

Adams Probe 2001

Owner

Terry Smith (2015)

Location

Scotland

Notes

This is the prototype 2001, built on a Probe 16 monocoque (chassis number AB/5), to produce the final shape for the 2001 and the mould set. It was initially finished as a show car with only basic running gear and went to the Gold Seal Motor Company in Chiswick who were to be the agents. It has a standard BMC 1800cc engine and is the only car with Independent front suspension. The suspension modification was developed by David Coles, after it found its way back to the Adams from Gold Seal, using Triumph (Marcos) front suspension. David cut out the entire front chassis then cut down and modified a Marcos front subframe to fit. This had the added benefit of increasing the size of the front luggage area. This was intended to be offered as an option on further 2001’s.  The car passed onto to Nugent's in 1971 when they acquired the Probe production rights from the Adams Bros. This is when it was painted maroon  and used by  Paul Biagi, Bill Nugents business partner. It was in a museum in Nancy, France for a while in the 1980’s.  Registration search in June 2012 shows no return.  Rediscovered  in early 2013 in Brittany, It last ran in 2003, all glass, bonnet and rear wheels are currently missing. Brought back to the UK by Terry Smith in 2015.

 

Outside the museum in Nancy (early '80's ?), photo by Michael Muller