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The ST was a car made by Rochdale between 1955 and 1959. Around 100 were built and 7 are known to survive.

The ST was targeted at the roadgoing public instead of the specialist race market which Rochdale had targeted before.

The ST came complete with front bulkhead, inner wheel arches and floor sections bonded in. It would bolt directly onto a post-1937 Ford 8 chassis. The 7ft 6in wheelbase frame with solid axles in the front and rear on transverse leaf springs was still in production then as the Ford Popular.

The doors were already hinged and lockable, the bonnet was ready fitted and all of the wheel arches were sealed inside the front shell. This made it easier to fit without all the hassle of having to make everything fit and bond properly. A lot of wok still had to be done if the owner wanted the car to be a practical car.

The beam axle suspension was uncomfortable and would make the car rattle and wobble around at speeds over 50mph. The chassis was not practice without a saloon body unless it could be boxed in as it was too flexible.

A lot of companies were making performance parts for the Ford Popular at the which could be fitted to the ST to make it more sporting. You could also have tuned the engine and fit smaller wheels to help make the car more sporting.

The ST was offered with some extras such as a V-windscreen and a glassfibre bolt-on fastback hardtop. The ST was an attractive car design, which featured a long bonnet which incorporated the grille and an early Kamm tail at the rear. The bulkhead was nicely designed, with the battery sitting a purpose built well at the centre rear of the engine compartment. The dashboard swept up above the occupants' knees and had a deeper central panel to accommodate instruments and a switchgear. The car was fitted with extra inner sill mouldings which provided a box section below the doors to add strength at this weak point.

The St was a steadily selling car but it did not sell in much of a volume and it was soon overshadowed by the GT. The ST was dropped just before the launch of the Rochdale Riviera and was sold for £100 when new.

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