The Roadster was produced from 1973 to 1995 by Spartan Cars, and will remain the best known and representative model of the brand.

The first models (Spartan Mk I, from 1973 to 1983) were mounted on Triumph Herald chassis and offered 2 seats, like published MOTOR magazine in june 1981 :
Spartan two-seater
Over the years, some modifications have been made to allow 2 rear seats, before, as Triumph's parts became scarce, the chassis was replaced by that of the Ford Cortina, introduced in 1980.

The French Spartan is a Ford based (Spartan Mk II, produced from 1983 to 1995).

Spartan Mk2 sales brochures
Spartan Mk II sales brochure edited by Spartan Nederland which was a big importer


Under the impetus of Spartan Nederland, many Spartan were marketed in this contry.


Spartan Car Compagny would have produced 4,000 vehicles, mainly Roadsters witch would have been in the number of 3000, and exported to 24 countries, as we can see on this advetisement :

Publicité de Spartan Car Compagny

We dit not known exactly how many are still in circulation around the world. The most are in England, country of Jim McIntyre, founder of the brand.

In 1973, in Spartan Cars' first commercial brochure, he wrote :
Message from Spartan Designer, Jim McIntyre

In France, a few copies remain.

Important dates for The French Spartan

  • First registration : july 1987
  • FFVE certificate for obtaining a collector vehicle registration document : July 2017



SPARTAN Roadster Mk2

Ford - RWD

Outside length :

3810 mm

Width :

1588 mm

Height :

1258 mm

Wheelbase :


Weight (approx.) :

940 kg - (712 kg for 1599 cm3 version)

Top speed :

195 km/h

0-100km/h :





Ford Sierra 2.0i DOHC Engine 125HP 92KW 5600RPM

DOHC Engine, N9.

Type of engine :

4 cylinders in line

Energy :


Arrangement :

Front longitudinal

Fuel supply :


Distribution :

2 overhead camshafts

Distribution chain :


Number of valves :

2 per cylinder

Displacement :

1998 cc

Power :

125 horses à 5600 tr/mn

Engine couple :

17,5 mkg à 2500 tr/mn


Manual Gearbox MT75 5/1

Gearbox :


Fiscal power :

11 horses

Type :


Traction control :






Each engine has its features and ils specificities.

The information provided below is only related to that of The French Spartan.

In all cases, the maintenance of a car must be entrusted to automotive professionals.


Ford EU - Sierra 2.0i DOHC 125HP 92KW 5600RPM

Engine DOHC, N9.

Lubricating capacity :

4,5 litres

Filter capacity :

0,5 litre

Recommandation :

Engine oil 10W-40 Semi Synthetic

To change :

Every 10000 km / 12 months


Manual Gearbox MT75 5/1

Lubricating capacity :

1,2 litres

Recommandation :

Gearbox oil 75W-90 GL-3/4/5 Premium Synthetic TDL

To control :

Every 20000 km / 24 months

Alternative :

Gearbox oil 75W-80 GL-5 Premium Synthetic MTF

To control :

Every 20000 km / 24 months


Rear differential

Lubricating capacity :

0,9 litre

Recommandation :

Transmission oil 80W-90 GL-5 Mineral Hypoïd Oil

To control :

Every 20000 km / 24 months


Hydrolic brake system

Recommandation :

Brake fluid DOT 4

To change :

Every 60000 km / 36 months


Power steering

Capacity :

0,75 litre

Recommandation :

Automatic transmission fluid Dexron II-D

To control :

Every 10000 km / 12 months


Cooling system

Capacity :

7,3 litres

Recommandation :

Coolant -36°C

To change :

Every 60000 km / 24 months


The chassis

The chassis of the Spartan Mk2 is that of the Ford Cortina Mk III - IV
Spartan on Ford Cortina chassis
Designed with 2mm steel sheets, it gave the Spartan an excellent rigidity.

Ford Cortina Mk IV

Fuel tank

capacity :

54,1 L / 11,9 UK gallons

The bodywork

Spartan Roadster fenders are made of fiberglass and its body is entierely composed of aluminium panels. 
Here are the bare body parts of a Spartan :
 Spartan Roadster naked body


At the time, the assembly instructions were worded as follows :

Rims and tires

Rims : MWS 15” x 5.1/2” hub 42mm 8tpi
Tires : 185/60R15


Headlight : Lucas P700 x 2
Night light fender : Lucas L516 x 2
Long range light : Lucas SLR576 x 2
Rear lights : Ford Anglia
 The Spartan's rear lights are those of the Ford Anglia.


The French Spartan will be Luxcom’s Red 

Red would have been the most given colour to the Roadster and would have represented up to 40% of the registered Spartans.
There are also beautiful white, blue and green copies, a priori in equal parts for just under 20% each, the other colours and the two tones remaining more marginal.

A beautiful blue Spartan

About beautiful Spartan in different colours, here is the beautiful blue Spartan of one of the readers of this site :
Under its hood is a Ford 2.3 V6 engine.

It was precisely his car that was used by Spartan Cars to promote the brand in an advertisement that appeared in the press at the time.

Here is this 1981 advertisement, on which we can read that at that date, Spartan Cars had already sold more than 1000 of these superb cars :
Spartan advertisement from 1981

His Spartan had also made the cover of SPORTS CAR MECHANICS magazine where she was found on inside pages :
Spartan on cover of Sports Car Mechanics
This Spartan is still driving, you could cross it on French roads.