Purvis Eureka. by blinkings ()
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The Eureka F4 was a sports car produced in Australia from 1976 to 1991. The Eureka started life in the UK in 1971, where it was called the Nova, and was soon sold in the USA as the Sterling, and in South Africa as the Eagle. Aussie Allan Purvis, on holiday in the UK in late 1971, saw an opportunity for the Nova and made distribution arrangements for Australia and New Zealand.
It is estimated that a total of around 10-11,000 Nova based kit cars have been sold around the world. With 683 Kits being produced in Australia.
There is no escaping the distinctiveness of the low, sleek form of the Eureka with its radical opening roof, which certainly turns heads where-ever it goes. Economy is another huge success factor, in terms of what these days would be called “total cost of ownership”. Being a kit car, the labour component could be excluded from the purchase price, and with the standard VW engine, fuel economy was excellent.
The Eureka was also in the lowest insurance category. There was also the safety factor. The long nose actually formed a great crumple zone, and thick fibreglass panels and wide box sections gave the body of the Eureka excellent strength. Performance wasn’t too bad either, given the aerodynamics and reduced body weight.