Olly Richmond-Jones 1958 Saloon 257 FKC
The history of the car is that Bob Brown’s
Father, a Lt. Colonel in the Royal Army Pay Corps
purchased FKC, new, when stationed in Ghana in 1956/57. The car was made in February 1957 and its unusual colour scheme seems to
have been peculiar to Ghana (the white to reflect the heat). Col. Brown then returned to the UK and
brought the car with him and it was registered in Liverpool in March 1960 as 257 FKC and in 1978
passed to Bob who used it regularly.
Ghana April 1957 within a few days of Bob Brown’s father having taken delivery of 257 FKC
Government Rest House at Winneba on the Ghana coast 1958
Bob Brown, Labadi beach, Accra 1958
Forest Green, Surrey 1970s
The car was serviced by Mr. Thames (a Borgward
trained engineer) in London and in the late 80’s was
refurbished by Neweld with a complete new floor, and repaint. In all other respects FKC is original
even down to the instruction book (with pouch) inspection light, tyre pressure gauge (in its
immaculate blue box) and full took kit plus works manual.
Olly Richmond Jones bought FKC in March 2014
Bob and his late Father were both very conscious
of the fate of big game in Africa by the illegal
poaching of ivory (elephants) and horn (Rhino) and FKC was given to Olly on condition that a
substantial donation was made at a figure agreed between Olly and Bob to an appropriate and
worthwhile charity, which has now been done. The Charity being “TUSK”, the patron of which is
Prince William, who has been made aware of the gift and its source. The gift was formerly
acknowledged in a letter to Bob by Prince Williams through his personal private secretary.
Bob and Ann Brown.
Members will recall that my own car (XRT 620 made
in May 1957) has now been on the road for the
first time in 51 years and is running very well.
FKC and XRT are both TS “interim” models and were made 3 months apart during the 6 month total
production period between January and July 1957 – in fact no product details were made available to
Glasses Guide during that period. Surprisingly, however, there are a number of detailed differences
between the 2 cars, as follows:-
.KC and XRT are both TS “interim”
models and were made 3 months apart during the 6 month total
c) Handbrake: FKC – as per LHD, XRT
Robert has now sorted out all the problems associated with the long storage time and so now Olly can enjoy driving 257 FKC.
Olly and Bonnie and “bump” and FKC taken at the “Classics on the Prom” Bournemouth in September. They are now the proud parents of a baby boy – Louis Albert who was born at 4.28 pm on the 9 October 2014 and weighed in at 6 lb 3 oz.
Ann and Bob Brown with Olly Richmond Jones at the UK International Borgward Meeting May 2015