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The Fairthorpe Atom was a microcar that was produced between 1954 and 1957.

The Atom was about as basic as it comes. The body was made from fibreglass and the cars were fitted with a motorcycle engine with a capacity of 250cc to 650cc. The varying engine produced between 11 and 35 hp.

These small little cars were just the start for founder Air Vice Marshall Donald Bennett, as he went on to build bigger, more legitimate cars into the late 70s.

However only 44 were made, making the car not a great commercial success. Maybe the shocking styling and truly miserable build quality was to blame.

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