Wharton Special

Ken Wharton built his special during 1947. He  fitted a highly tuned BSA vertical twin engine to an Austin chassis with split axle front suspension and a light body, which when running correctly, was one of the fastest of the early 500s. Unfortunately the engine rarely ran right for very long though he did win the 850cc Class at the Southsea Speed Trials in September 1947 beating the Coopers of Eric Brandon and John Cooper. By 1950 Ken had adopted a Cooper himself.