Camouflaged Citroën: 1991 Lomax 223 – SOLD!
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March 4, 2023, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
One of the coolest things about searching for interesting daily rides to blog about is coming across a car you’ve never heard of before. Have you ever heard of a Lomax? If you have before reading this post, congratulations on being a very knowledgeable kit car enthusiast. Think of the Lomax as a British answer of crossing mechanicals donated from a Citroën 2CV (“Deux Chevaux”) with the three-wheel design inspired by a vintage Morgan. Interestingly, the Lomax has been offered in kit form for forty years since 1982. You can learn more by visiting the Lomax Website, where the company bills itself as a purveyor of affordable, self-build kit cars.
With Citroën 2CVs a very rare site here in the U.S., it’s not surprising the Lomax kit on which it’s based is even rarer. However, this is a popular alternative to building a Caterham Seven in Europe. The seller of this Lomax 223, last listed in February 2023 in Terryville, Connecticut, appears to be a Citroën enthusiast as he reports he owns three brand models. Looking to par down his collection, this Lotmax 223 is one of the cars he currently offers for sale.
Last offered for $8,500, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is on par with this guide’s summary for other Lomax Kits sold in the past five years at auction. By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the Lomax 223 featured here:
The Lomax is a UK-sourced kit car designed by Nigel Whall that relies on the powertrains and suspension pulled from donor Citroën. The Lomax Motor Company’s origins date back to 1982 in Lincolnshire, England. By the late 1980s, the production transferred to the Mumford Motor Company based in Gloucestershire, where it was produced until the early 1990s. From then, it was built at Cradley Motor Works in Cradley Heath, West Midlands. By 2009 the car was being made by Cradley Motor Works in East Sussex.
Reminiscent of a Morgan three-wheeler, the Lomax fiberglass two-seat roadster body gets mounted to an unmodified Citroën 2CV floorpan and engine, although the company later switched to a bespoke steel tube chassis. The original 1982 prototype had a bespoke four-wheel chassis which was specially constructed and of a shorter wheelbase than the donor car, a Citroën Ami. Early “3-wheel” variants were actually four-wheeled, with two rear wheels closely paired as in some Heinkel bubble cars of the 1960s. Later versions were genuine trikes, three wheels with two wheels in front and one at the back to take advantage of the UK’s lower road tax for three-wheel vehicles. A four-wheel variant followed later, using an unmodified 2CV chassis. The naming convention was the number of cylinders, the number of seats, and the number of wheels. The common model designations are 223 (2 cylinders – 2 seats – 3 wheels) or 224 (2 cylinders – 2 seats – 4 wheels).
The Lomax weighs approximately 950 pounds, delivering a top speed of approximately 87 miles per hour with a 602 cc 2CV/Dyane engine.
The seller provides links to three videos of various Lomax kits featured on YouTube:
If you want a conversation price to drive to your local Cars & Coffees, this yellow 1991 Lomax 223 for sale might be the car for you.
Here’s the seller’s description:
It has a stock 602 cc motor making 28hp, two-cylinder air-cooled, four gears standard shift front wheel drive with disc brakes on the axels inboard, and drum rear brakes.
It’s in very good running condition. It’s the yellow car in the pictures ………….
This model features a luggage rack, a spare tire rack, and doors.
I have 3 Citroen and many other cars, I’m cutting back on my collection
Asking 8,500 or best offer, no offers over email, I’ll delete them. No offers if U have not come to see it.
Please don’t write is it still available, (this is not facebook) I won’t answer, I’ll take the add down when its sold.
Please write your name on your email
They are very fun cars to drive. Its right hand drive.
It has a new battery, and a new alternator .
Here below are some youtube video’s of Lomax’s
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