Glenfrome Facet 1983

Meet the “Ultimate All-Terrain Sports Coupé.” There had never been such a car until Glenfrome Engineering revealed its Facet, and proved off-road driving and Lamborghini-esque styling could mix.

Glenfrome Facet 1983
Glenfrome Facet 1983

Glenfrome Facet 1983

  • YEAR REVEALED  1983
  • PLACE OF ORIGIN  Solihull, West Midlands, and Bristol, UK
  • HISTORICAL STATUS  production car
  • ENGINE  V8-cylinder, 215ci (3,528cc)
  • MAXIMUM POWER  132bhp
  • LAYOUT  front-mounted engine driving all four wheels
  • BODYWORK  two-door, four-seater coupé
  • TOP SPEED  unknown
  • NUMBER BUILT  approximately 30

The running gear was a standard Range Rover chassis, on which Glenfrome’s coachbuilders created the chiseled-looking body. Windshield and door frames were aluminum castings, a tubular steel rollcage enclosed the four-seater cabin, and body panels were fiberglass.

A neat touch was a lift-out Targa roof panel that slid into a storage compartment under the sloping, high-set hood; like the retractable rear window, this was power-operated. Rugged crash bars front and rear would ward off obstacles.

The design work came from Dennis Adams (normally associated with Marcos sports cars), and the manufacturer was a specialist in Range Rover conversions. The Facet was aimed squarely at Middle East nobility, where automotive one-upmanship knew no bounds.

Glenfrome was among numerous British companies offering bespoke cars based on Range Rovers, loved for their desert capability, and the Facet was more extreme than most. Among myriad options, owners could request a handy winch discreetly concealed behind the front number plate. Prices were vast, but an agreement with American Express meant the car could be paid for on “plastic.” Glenfrome converted 400 cars a year at one point, but was bankrupt by 1986.

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