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Old 05-06-2022, 11:55 PM
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I went to an Alfa club meeting a couple of evenings ago, and the star attractions were 'invitees' from the South Australian Bolwell club.
On display were the 2 cars in the following pictures.

In order of age, the first one is a Bolwell Mk 7, this model being in limited production from 1967 to 1972. It had a Holden (GM) 6 cyl. engine as standard but this one now has a 302W....
Very nice looking for a late '60s car

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The second car is a Bolwell Nagari, produced from 1970 to 1974. Standard engine was a 302W, however a small number had the 351 Cleveland from the contemporary Australian Falcon GTHO. That would have been a 'rocket' at the time with around 380bhp propelling 2300lb

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Incidentally, it's owner (he's the club president) has had the car since 1972


I stlll have a Nagari sales brochure around somewhere from the early seventies.


The Bolwell company is still alive and well in Melbourne, producing a diverse range of products, including around 30000 Kenworth truck cabs since 1982


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I'll take one of each, please.
love the coupe !
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Way cool, Glen!
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Glen when I was 18 the Nagari was top of my list as a first car. Insurance companies didn't want to know me. So a V8 Falcon 2 door made the cut. Prior to my Cobra I was still looking for a Nagari but, they seemed to be Australia's most expensive wreck or, the most expensive restored vehicles.
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I forgot how striking they were, especially the coups! Shame AC didn't hire there designer, much nicer then the AC428, not that I would turn down an AC428 mind you! Cheers, Dennis
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Some more information on the Nagari....

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Interestingly (well, to me anyway) is that the drivetrain is exactly the same as that in my Cobra.
The gearbox is a WR Toploader (as is mine) and the rear end ratio is the same as well. Ford 302W too
My rear suspension does however look a little more sophisticated than the Nagari's.

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