Pellandini Cars

Pellandini Cars Ltd was a South Australian kit car manufacturer founded in 1970 by Peter Pellandine. It was located at Cherry Gardens, South Australia. Other projects included the development of a steam powered car. He closed the company in 1978.

In 1979, Pellandine moved to Thetford, Norfolk, England where he started Pelland Engineering, which also manufactured kit cars.

Pellandine’s design was sold to Ryder Cars in 1980. The company was then sold to Graham Autos, but very few cars were produced by either company. Later in 1980 the company was sold again to Listair, who updated the styling of the vehicle and sold it as the Dash.

In 1990, Dash Sports Cars took over the project, but sold the rights to Richard Bell around 1996/97, who moved it to Dana Point, Southern California.

Peter Pellandine moved back to Australia in 1990s and continued to develop the steamer.

Vehicles produced by Pellandini Cars included a gull-winged, mid-engine coupe using a BMC Mini drivetrain in either 1100 or 1275 cc displacement. In 1974, a roadster version of the car was made. Pellandine also started a project to build a steam-powered car using a 40 hp mid-engine, named The Steam Cat, which is located at the National Motor Museum at Birdwood, South Australia.

In 1977, the Pelland Mk II Steam Car was produced using a three-cylinder engine in attempt to break the land-speed record for a steam car. However, after several attempts and continued mechanical problems he failed to succeed.

After Pellandine moved his project to England, he continued to develop kit cars using Volkswagen drivetrains, as well as another attempt at the land speed record with the Mk II steam car in 1991. The Mk II is on display at the Lakeland Motor Museum in Backbarrow, Cumbria.

In 1989, Pellandine developed the Pelland Sports Mk II using an Alfa Romeo Alfasud drivetrain. It was produced in both roadster and coupe versions. The latest version of a Pelland car is the Mark IV.

Image Caption: Pellandine Steam Cat, National Motor Museum at Birdwood, South Australia. Credit: Ferenghi/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)