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Bolwell is an Australian sports car brand founded in 1962 by Campbell Bolwell.


Campbell built the first homemade roadster back in 1958, then his younger brother Graham joined him, and soon the family organized a small-scale production of kit cars with fiberglass bodies in the suburbs of Melbourne.


The first mass model of the company was the Bolwell Mk 7 (1967-1974) - a two-seater coupe with a trunk frame and a 6-cylinder Holden engine.


It was followed by the Bolwell Mk 8 (1969-1974) with Ford V8 engines, which was assembled completely at the factory, but due to its high price and the poor quality of Australian roads, there were few buyers for it.


In 1974, production was discontinued due to stricter safety requirements for the design.


Campbell Bolwell's experience with fiberglass while designing automobiles allowed him to expand the range of glass fiber products from truck parts to ocean yacht hulls.


In order to advertise its services, in 1979 the Bolwell Corporation launched the Bolwell Mk 9 Ikara mid-engined 4-cylinder sports car, but it did not arouse much interest among buyers.


After that, the company was absent from the automotive market for as long as 25 years, until Campbell Bowell came up with the idea to create a new sports car with a composite body and a centrally located engine.


Thus was born the Bolwell Nagari 300, presented in 2008 at the Melbourne Motor Show.


The project seemed promising, but in the context of the global financial crisis, the company managed to find only 5 buyers.


To date, the main products of Bolwell Corporation are mobile homes.


Here is a complete list of cars built by the Bolwells:


Bolwell Mk 1 (1958, 1 unit) - a roadster on a Ford chassis with a V8 engine.


Bolwell Mk 2 (1960, 1 unit) - a roadster on the MG J2 chassis with a 4-cylinder Ford 10 engine.


Bolwell Mk 3 (1962, 2 units) - a streamlined fiberglass roadster based on an Austin-Healey 100 chassis with a Jaguar engine.


Bolwell Mk 4 (1962-1965, 80 units) - the first serial kit car. A fiberglass roadster or coupe with gullwing doors on a proprietary space frame with a 4-cylinder Ford engine.


Bolwell Mk 5 (1964-1967, 75 units) - a fiberglass coupe on a main frame with a 6-cylinder Holden engine.


Bolwell Mk 6 (1969, 1 unit) is an open space frame racing car with a centrally located 6-cylinder Holden engine.


Bolwell Mk 7 (1967-1972, 450 units) - mainframe fastback coupe with Holden components including a 3 liter inline 6 engine. It was offered both in a kit for assembly and in assembled form.


Bolwell Mk 8 Nagari (1969-1974, 118 units) - fastback coupe or convertible on the main frame with Ford V8 engines of the Windsor or Cleveland series. Sold mostly in finished form.


Bolwell Mk 9 Ikara (1979-1980, 12 units) is a compact double targa without doors, on a space frame, equipped with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine from a Volkswagen Golf, located in the center.


Bolwell Mk 10 Nagari 300 (2008-2010, 6 units) is a two-seater carbon composite mid-engine coupe equipped with a 3.5-liter Toyota V6 engine with 300 hp.


Bolwell Mk 10 Nagari 500 (2019, 1 unit) - the evolution of the Nagari 300 model with a 500 hp Chevrolet V8 LS3 engine.