After much anticipation and due to considerable demand, Fiskens have been forced to reveal the identity of the special pre-war car they will unveil at this year's Retromobile. After much speculation, Fiskens are proud to confirm that it is an extremely rare barn-find 1935 supercharged Squire which will be seen for the first time in over 30 years.
The Squire is a mythical pre-war car, with only ten having been built by the Squire Car Company. Powered by an Anzani-designed, 1500cc supercharged twin-cam engine capable of producing over 100bhp, the Squire's roots lay in marque founder Adrian Squire's dream to build 'a Grand Prix car for the road'.
The result, offered in two and four-seat variants, went a considerable way to achieving that aim. With a superbly engineered and remarkably rigid chassis, the Squire soon gained an enviable reputation for offering speed and agility in equal measure.
It's worth noting that the great Phil Hill put a Squire through its paces in an article for Road and Track, testing its merits against two other pre-war giants - an Alfa Romeo 8C and Bugatti Type 55. He was amazed by the chassis, concluding that although both the Bugatti and Alfa Romeo were 'excellent', the Squire by comparison 'was a car of the future'.
This particular example, a Ranalagh-bodied four-seater, was built at the company's premises in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, and bought by Val Zethrin, who would later buy the entire business. 1501 then spent many pre and post-war years touring Europe in the hands of its second owner, Doreen Gibson, before being acquired by its current owner with whom it has remained ever since.
Fiskens' Managing Director Gregor Fisken said: "It's an honour for Fiskens to offer such a rare and highly sought after automobile. It's been a bit of an ambition of mine as we've never sold one before. It's so rare for a Squire to come on the market and it's probably the last opportunity for anyone to secure such an amazing un-restored example."
The full line-up scheduled to appear on Fiskens' stand - no.J58 - will be revealed this Wednesday. Retromobile runs from 2-6 February.
Retromobile Opening times: Wednesday 2 February: 11h - 22h Thursday 3 February: 10h - 19h Friday 4 February: 10h - 22h Saturday 5 February: 10h - 19h