William Towns

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William Towns
Hustler 4 1979.jpg
1979 Hustler. William Towns is behind the car, facing the camera
Born1936
Died1993 (aged 56–57)
NationalityBritish
OccupationEngineer, designer
Years active1954–1993
Known forAutomotive design
Notable work
Aston Martin Lagonda
Rover-BRM
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Percival

William Towns (1936–1993) also known as Bill Towns was a British car designer.

Towns began his training as a designer at Rootes in 1954, where he was mainly involved in the styling of seats and door handles. Later he was also involved with the styling of their Hillman Hunter. He moved to Rover in 1963 and worked there for David Bache and designed the body of the Rover-BRM gas turbine Le Mans car. In 1966, he left Rover to join Aston Martin as a seat designer, eventually becoming the force behind the Aston Martin Lagonda.[1]

He left Aston Martin after the Lagonda for more remunerative industrial design work in 1977, but as a freelance designer, worked on the Jensen-Healey, the successful Hustler kit-car, the Reliant SS2 and the short-lived Railton F28/F29.

Towns died from cancer in June 1993, at his home in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire.

Up until July 2005, his own cars were on display at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, UK.[2]

Cars designed by Towns[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Feature: Aston Martin Lagonda". Channel 4. 9 March 2006.
  2. ^ "Honest John's Agony column: Home Towns". The Daily Telegraph. 18 June 2005.
  3. ^ Berridge, Declan (1 January 2016). "The converters : Guyson E12 by William Towns". aronline.co.uk. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  4. ^ Adams, Keith (1 December 2015). "The converters : Towns TXC Tracer". aronline.co.uk. Retrieved 7 December 2017.

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