Bacchus


Bacchus clubmans were the first full vehicles produced by ASP, beginning in about 1964. They resulted from Rory Thompson’s exposure to the Lotus Seven’s that ASP were repairing and his desire to improve on the design, specifically in the area of chassis stiffness. In all, six vehicles and a chassis were produced.

Type Bacchus
Subtype Mk 1
Build Year 1964
Number Constructed 1
Chassis Number(s) N/A
Engine N/A
Drivetrain N/A
Suspension N/A
Chassis RHS space frame
Purpose Racing Chassis (Clubman Class)
Original Owner(s)
Current Status sold as chassis only – status unknown
Type Bacchus
Subtype Mk 2
Build Year 1964-1968
Number Constructed 5
Chassis Number(s) 1 – 5
Engine G Chapman : MGA 1500
R Lewis : Peugot 1700
D Baillie : Ford?
R Dwyer : BMC D series 1600
G Green : Austin A40
Drivetrain R Lewis : MG TC gearbox
Suspension
Chassis RHS space frame
Purpose Racing Chassis (Clubman Class)
Original Owner(s) G Chapman : 2
R Lewis : 3
D Baillie : 4
R Dwyer : 5
G Green : 6
Current Status none destroyed
Type Bacchus
Subtype Mk 3
Build Year 1968
Number Constructed 1
Chassis Number(s) 6
Engine BMC 998cc
Drivetrain N/A
Suspension N/A
Chassis RHS space frame
Purpose Racing Chassis (Clubman Class)
Original Owner(s) R Thompson
Current Status Chassis destroyed by factory (failed to pass quality control)
Type Bacchus
Subtype Mk 4 alias “Shrike Mk 1”
Build Year 1970
Number Constructed 0
Chassis Number(s) 0
Engine N/A
Drivetrain N/A
Suspension N/A
Chassis RHS space frame
Purpose Road / Race
Original Owner(s) N/A
Current Status Redesignated ASP 320

Peter Smeets has sent us some correspondence regarding his ownership of various Bacchus’s. We’ve included his full email here