Covin (automobile)

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This article is about the Covin kit car. For the legal term, see covin.
Covin
Overview
Production Early 1980s–1990 Approx
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe 2+2
2-door convertible 2+2
Layout Rear engine, rear-wheel drive
Platform Covin own or Shorterned VW Beetle chassis
Related Volkswagen Beetle
Powertrain
Engine Various fitments
Transmission 4-speed automatic
4 or 5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 87.2 in (2,215 mm)
Length Coupe: 165.2 in (4,196 mm)
Width Coupe: 72.1 in (1,831 mm)
Height Coupe: 50 in (1,270 mm)

The Covin is a replica kit car of the Porsche 911 Turbo created by Tim Cook and Nick Vincent in the early 1980s. The name Covin came about from CO (Cook) and VIN (Vincent) giving us COVIN Performance Mouldings. Early models of the Covin were based on a shortened Beetle floorpan/running gear but later used its own Covin chassis and VW Type 3 running gear.

The company was sold in the 1990s to DAX and later moved to new owners GPC and was relocated to County Galway in Ireland where unfortunately up to now the Covin has not been produced again. The Covin came in 3 body styles all based on the Turbo model. These were, Flatnose and Coupe, both were also available in a convertible version. There is also known to be only one narrow body Covin ever made.

Covin also produced a few 356 Speedster models but these are rather rare.

Some Covin units even run real Porsche 911 engines.

The Concept[edit]

Tim Cook and Nick Vincent (hence the Co-Vin name) both felt that there was a gap in the market for a stylish G.T with all the comforts of a production car but at the reasonable price of a kit car.

The Covin Club[edit]

The Club is run by Darren Parker (Club Technical Advisor) & Club Secretary Michael Dykes.

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