The Magenta Tarragon was a kit car sold between 1982 and 1985.
It was seen as a bold move for Lightspeed Panels. Attempting to bring a car that was practical, modern and of original design to the kit car market was brave. It found a few homes but ultimately it was competing with mainstream cars so it couldn't really sell in the numbers it needed.
Styling is an acquired taste and has hints of Austin Allegro. The cars are based on a Mk 1 or Mk 2 Ford Escort, the Tarragon was built on a tubular chassis and utilised the Escort engine, gearbox and running gear.
The fibreglass bodywork was well laid up and formed part of the structure of the car so was semi-stressed.
The windscreen was taken from the donor Escort. The car was a good attempt but ultimately it was aimed at the wrong market.