Ranger Cub

My 1978 Ranger Cub kitcar

Rebuild History


This is a three-wheeler kitcar built in 1978, it has a front subframe from a Mini and a single trailing rear wheel, connected by a very simple chassis   It is believed that only 18 cars were built, and only 6 survive in the UK.  This is one of only two that are still registered and in use on the UK roads.

It is fitted with a 1098cc A series engine taken from a Vanden Plas Princess (ADO16) this has a 64.56mm bore and 83.8mm stroke.  It is fitted with a 1¼" SU Carb and a Les Leston ram pipe, producing an estimated 46 hp / 60 lbs/ft.

The original kit cost £345, and required the front subframe, the left rear trailing arm, and the rear bench seat from old 848cc Mini for the mechanical parts. The chassis is constructed from 14 gauge 1½“ box section. The fuel tank comes from the van/estate/pick-up variant, however the saloon tank could be used.
The cubs were available in 6 colours, Sebring white, Jet black, Ranger red, Royal blue, Maize yellow and Le Mans green.
At the time the cub could be driven on a full motorcycle license and cost £16 a year for roadtax.

Length (overall)11ft 9in358 cm
Width(overall)4ft 7½in141 cm
Height(overall)4ft 0in121.9 cm
Wheelbase7ft 2in218.4 cm
Track4ft 1in124.5 cm