WA Hudson and S Underwood founded Paramount Cars in Derbyshire to produce sports cars in 1950.
They intended to use Alvis running gear building an Alvis based prototype in 1948.
The cost of the Alvis parts proved prohibitive to Paramount switched to using Ford running gear and building vehicles with aluminium over ash bodies in much the same way as Morgan still do today.
In 1953 when today’s featured car was built, Paramount were acquired by Camden Motors and moved to Leighton Buzzard.
With the new ownership Ford Consul motors were offered with a new roadster as seen here, the twin carburetor Aquaplane cylinder head came from Harmer Copeman who started tuning Ford motors for his hydraplanes in a back garden shed before diversifying into becoming a tuning specialist for motor cars.
The Paramount Roadster seen here at last years Summer Classics show at Easter Compton was purchased in 1975 and underwent a 13 year restoration.
It is thought around 60 Roadsters were built, some of the last chassis built went to Rochdale in 1956 to have fibre glass bodies fitted.
It is thought only 8 Paramounts of the total production of around 80 have survived with only 3 in roadworthy condition.
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