The BS Nymph was produced by Bohanna Stables from 1975 to 1977. Initially Chrysler envisaged to build it at Ryton in approximate numbers of 4,000 per year. This never happened as Chrysler U.S. killed off the Imp shortly after the Nymph's launch. This curtailed the supply of components and therefore the Nymph was destined to be a very limited production car. Only 42 cars were sold, usually in kit form. Marketing had of course been very low-key.
In 1976 it cost £387 including VAT (1975 and early 1976 it cost £378 incl. VAT).
Optional extras included:
- a hood and side screens at £76,
- hard top (double skinned glassfibre with a leather-grained finish) at £86,
- solid doors with sliding windows at £56 and
- an integral roll-over bar at £18.
- Spacers were supplied for the rear (standard) wheels, to increase track and to help fill the arches. Standard springs would give too hard a ride, so new spring rates were calculated.
Because of its light weight, it can easily manage 50mpg, driven quite hard.
The standard of design and construction is high. It's a g.r.p monocoque with all mechanical parts from the Imp - some of them quite ingeniously used. The engine is mounted on a simple rear subframe, the rear suspension just bolts to the moulding. Bracing struts are used to brace the front suspension. All steel parts are nylon coated - a technique that proved inadequate, but at least they tried. The Nymph was launched prematurely. Although a prototype hardtop was made, they never did produce any doors.
The BS Nymph was introduced in 1976 by Bohanna Stables of High Wycombe - the same team was responsible for the AC 3000ME of 1973. The design goal was to build the lightest four-searter production car of the period and, as such, the car weighs in at 420 kg.
The car was designed and built independently of Chrysler UK, but once production started, Chrysler showed an interest and agreed to supply Bohanna Stables with whatever quantities of engines, gearboxes, suspension etc. they required. Chrysler visualized a market of about 4,000 units a year and were looking to buy that quantity of shells from BS to produce a production car for sale in third world countries such as Jamaica, Barbados, Malaysia, and in Africa and the Far East as a direct competitor to the Mini Moke. Unfortunately at that time, Chrysler America pulled the plug on the Imp. Clearly this was a major anti-climax for the project, but it was decided at this stage to produce the car as kit-car. Over the next two years a total of 42 cars were produced including two prototypes and six cars sold fully assembled. Four or five cars were exported to Barbados.
Sadly after two years the project was abandoned, mainly because those involved were happier designing cars, rather than selling them.