My Classic Car: Andrew’s 1961 Heron Europa

A dozen of these fiberglass cars were produced by a British boat builder | Andrew De Bernes photos
A dozen of these fiberglass cars were produced by a British boat builder | Andrew De Bernes photos

This car was a real wreck when I bought it, but it is historically interesting, having raced in the UK in the 1960s. I did all the work on its rebuild except the paint and some of the fiberglass.

Twelve were made by Heron, a boat manufacturer that later went on to do the well-known Diva car. Production of the Europa was too costly, but it was a car of quality, and with good performance from a 1.3- or optional 1.5-liter Ford GT engine and 5-speed Hewland gearbox. The car had independent suspension all around.

Monteverdi acquired the rights to the design.

The interior
The interior

My car is the Diva prototype with 5-link axle.

We estimate about four of the cars survive, one in Japan and the others in Europe.

The car is a real joy to drive with a fantastic power/weight ratio.

— Andrew De Bernes, Le Vesinet, Paris, France

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  1. One of the Heron bodies ended up in Golden Colorado. It had been lengthened in the cowl area and fitted to a MGA floor pan. It was thought have come via Germany by an American GI. It was quite rough and might been better used for a new mold.

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