Probe 16

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Probe 16
Probe 16.jpg
Manufacturer Adams Brothers
Production 1969
Designer Dennis Adams, Peter Adams
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Body style 1-door Sports car
Layout MR layout
Engine 1798 cc B-Series pushrod Straight-4
Height 34 in (86 cm)
Successor Probe 2001

The M-505 Adams Brothers Probe 16 was a car, designed by former Marcos cars designers Dennis and Peter Adams, (Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire England) in 1969 as 'an investigation into extremes of styling'. It was powered by a mid-mounted tuned Austin 1800 engine and stood a mere 34 inches (86 cm) in height.[citation needed] It has 10" wheels on the front and 13" wheels on the back. Entry was gained via a sliding glass roof.

Film appearances[edit]

Stanley Kubrick featured Probe 16 (AB/4) in his 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange. In the film, it is referred to as Durango 95.[1] In the TV-programme Top Gear (Series 5, 2nd episode, aired October 31, 2004), the one used in the film was nominated for restoration in the Restoration Rip-off feature, but it was out-voted by Paddy Hopkirk's Mini for restoration.[2] The car was subsequently restored by Club Autosport Ltd.[3]

Vehicle Specifications[4][edit]

Designers / Builders Dennis and Peter Adams, Bradford-on-Avon, U.K.
Total Production Three (3)
Year 1970
Engine 1900 CC in-line four, transversely mounted
BLMC 1800cc Mk2 bored out
Carburetor Weber 45
Race tuned by Janspeed Engineering, U.K
Body Fiberglass
Height 34"

Probe series[edit]

A previous model, the Probe 15 was manufactured by the Adams Brothers. It is believed[by whom?] that only one of these were ever made and it is still intact in Switzerland.

A subsequent model to the Probe 16, the Probe 2001 was also manufactured from 1970 to 1972 by the Probe Motor Company and WT Nugent (Engineering Ltd)


See [1] for comprehensive information on the Adams Brothers Probe series of cars