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Frisky

1958-1967.
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In 1958 the Henry Meadows Limited company became Frisky Cars Ltd.


friskylogo1

Frisky logo.

Raymond Flowers and his two brothers left the project after about two years and moved on to other things. In 1959 the company was again reformed, this time as Frisky Cars (1959) Limited when it was taken over by Wright's Haulage.

Frisky cars never sold well and it was always a struggle to keep the company going. The company changed hands several times, but production of the cars stayed at the Meadows' factory until its final move to Petbow, where a few of the final model the 'Prince' were built. Unfortunately production problems soon brought manufacture to an end. It is thought that around 1,500 Friskys were produced at the Wolverhampton works.

For some time after production ended spares were available from Frisky Spares and Service Limited, Queenborough.

(credit: John Meadows and Keith Peckmore)

FRISKY CARS
frisky family three 61

1961 Frisky Family Three.

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Derek J2673 days ago

Today i have finally foundout what one of these things looked like and i must say i think they look pretty cool, would make a great little runaround, So the Question is has anybody driven one if so what are they like to drive ? ? ?

Chris Mothershaw2653 days ago

I actually owned one of these in the early 70s, and even though it drove very well (though slowly) , I had a lot of trouble keeping it going. I've a feeling the crankcase compression wasn't very good.
The engine was a 200cc Villiers with something called a Siba Dynastart grafted on to it. This provided a starter motor and dyanamo power. Because there was no reverse gear the unit had a second set of points which allowed the engine to run backwards (& gave you 4 reverse gears into the bargain).
It would have been a great restoration project, but I left it behind at university and eventually gave it to someone as a 21st present.
My biggest problem was being unable to find anyone to MOT it in the Potteries. Normal test centres for cars and bikes didnt want to know and anyone who could do a 3 wheeler was only interested in Reliants.
As you say, it was a nice looking little machine and far more stable than the lethal Bond Bug which was the 70's answer to the bubble car

steve saunders2604 days ago

my mates wife bought one from willington in bedfordshire in 1970 we lived next door to them on the a1 near biggleswade. the girls use to tear off down the ai to sandy or biggleswade shopping with the carrycot in the back. i drove it many times when it went well it was fun but if it rained it could be a pain missing on one cylinder.after my wife and i moved to bedford our friend got rid of it to some lad at sandy and we heard it had caught fire. we still miss and laugh about the fun we had in the little frisky.

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