Search By Model
(insert logo here)
Davrian cars were built at 65 North Street, Clapham in London, England from 1967 to 1976, in Tregaron, Dyfed, Wales from 1976 to 1980 and Lampeter, Dyfed, from 1980 to 1983.
Adrian Evans, the car's designer built a series of cars called Davrian from 1965 using the aluminium alloy Hillman Imp engine based on the Coventry Climax. In 1967, the design had settled to a 2 seat glass fibre monocoque coupé, officially called the Davrian Demon and series production started with the cars being available in kit form. A variety of power units were offered including Mini, Volkswagen Beetle and Ford Fiesta. Over the years a series of improvements led the cars to go through Marks 1 to 8. They proved very popular in amateur hands as rally and circuit racing cars.
In 1980, the Mk8 was offered as a complete car called the Davrian Dragon but the company was not sufficiently capitalised for this and unfortunately went into receivership in 1982. This car was subsequently relaunched as the Corry and the earlier more basic versions continued being made in the same premises but under new ownership as the Darrian.
The rights to the Dragon were bought by Will Corry and production transferred to Lisburn, Northern Ireland, to be built by the newly founded Corry Car Company. The body was restyled by Tony Stevens. The cars were mostly sold for competition use but a few road going versions were made.
Darrian 1986 onwards
The Darrian was a revival of the original Davrian in the old factory. The body was considerably modified and the car became mid-engined. Bodywork was now glass fibre composite on a space frame. The engine was usually from a Ford, but the Rover V8 or Vauxhall 16 valve units were options.
In 1996, Swansea Institute Team Darrian (SITD) took outright honours in the Privilege Insurance British GT Championship.
The company also built a limited number of replicas of the Alpine-Renault A110 rally car, known as the Monte Carlo MC220 Berlinette.