The 2008 Nagari.
The 2008 Nagari.
The Bolwell name and brand will always be linked to the Nagari says Cambell Bolwell.
The Bolwell name and brand will always be linked to the Nagari says Cambell Bolwell.
The 2008 model features a carbon fibre -based occupant safety capsule.
The 2008 model features a carbon fibre -based occupant safety capsule.

The Bolwell marque is an acknowledged legend in the Australian automobile industry and at the Melbourne International Motor Show in February, the company achieved a significant industry milestone with the official launch of the new Bolwell Nagari sports car. The second public viewing of this new Australian sports car was the Composites Australia and Composites CRC Conference & Exhibition in Melbourne on 13-14 March.

In his presentation to the delegates of the composites conference, Bolwell Car Company Pty Ltd's Managing Director Campbell Bolwell confirmed that the Nagari had been a resounding hit at both events.

“Our next milestone will be production of a limited number of the highly desired sports car for both the Australian and international markets,” he says.

Nagari is an aboriginal word for ‘flowing’ and this was evident in the design of the first Nagari that went into production in the late 1960s, and in the new version launched this year. Starting their business initially by building kit cars in the early 1960s, brothers Campbell, Winston and Graeme Bolwell moved into full production of the Nagari in 1969. The car earned a unique position in Australian history and the marque was an embodiment to the entrepreneurial flair and commitment to a dream by a dedicated and inspired group of individuals.

 Utilising their knowledge and expertise, the Bolwell brothers produced over 200 Nagaris on a steel backbone chassis, a fibreglass body and powerful V8 engine as the heart of this all-Aussie sports car coupe, before ceasing production in 1974.

“However, 1974 was not the end of Bolwell as the lessons and knowledge we gained would be the foundation for the Bolwell Corporation's prominence as a quality composite manufacturer and reputation for innovative design solutions in the creative application of composite materials,” Campbell Bolwell explains. “Today, Bolwell Corporation is a supplier of composite mouldings to order for clients in the heavy transport industry; special purpose tanks; automotive mouldings and other industrial products.”

Bolwell divisions also produce thermo mouldings and structural flat panels.

Although the first chapter of the Nagari story ended over 35 years ago, the Bolwell dream to design and build the all-Australian sports car did not. The launch of the 2008 Nagari came about through the combined efforts of a dedicated team of Bolwell Corporation managers, designers, engineers and craftsmen.

“More than three years careful work by this committed group of professionals has resulted in the production of a spectacular two-seater sports car encased in a carbon fibre body and powered by a supercharged Toyota 3.5 litre V6 engine located behind the passenger compartment,” explains Campbell Bolwell.

 The car weighs under 900 kg and will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4 seconds. This performance has been achieved through extensive use of composite materials, a strong, rigid carbon fibre occupant capsule, and tubular steel sub frames to support the engine, suspension and drive train.

The new Nagari is expected to go into limited production and it is likely to cost between $230 000 and $300 000, depending on buyer options and on-road costs.

“The Bolwell name and brand will always be linked to the Nagari,” concludes Campbell Bolwell. “The challenges, lessons and solutions in constructing the first Nagari led to the successful application of this knowledge into the Bolwell Corporation designing, tooling, developing and manufacturing of composite products successes – and now into the latest version of this all Australian motoring icon.”

“The Nagari has been a passion; a dream and journey that started in the 60s and progressed and evolved into the breathtaking 2008 model that is a testament to the extraordinary application of advanced composites and construction techniques.”