Bolwell cars were the brainchild of brothers, Campbell and Graeme Bolwell, who formed the Bolwell Car Company in 1963 looking to build fibreglass sports cars of their own design using reliable, mass-produced engines, gearboxes and suspensions.
Around 400 of the fibre glassed body Bolwell MK VII’s were sold mostly in kit form. The basic kit for the MK VII cost $900 (body and chassis). A wrecked HD or HR Holden was the intended donor car providing most mechanical parts including the engine and suspension. An all syncromesh Triumph 2000 gearbox was recommended, but in practice a variety of gearboxes were used.
Once built the Bolwell MK VII offered sleek sports car looks with performance to match, due to its light weight, low centre of gravity and relatively large engine.