In 1951 the newly formed RGS Atalanta Company started supplying the first of their newly designed and developed production chassis components to eager customers. The first customer chassis being ch7/100. The chassis was much sought after because of its revolutionary design features. Once in the capable hands of engineer Norman Wood, Norman spent a couple of years assembling the supplied components, once completed the car was registered 5 AMY. His initial engine choice was a Lincoln V8, a nodto the V12 Lincoln of the Pre-war era cars. This was soon replaced by an Aston Martin DB2/4 2.6 litre, as the Lincoln V8 was found to be a disappointment. 5 AMY still retains a DB2/4 engine to this day.
The RGS Atalanta may be a lesser-known jewel in the crown for the UK’s booming post-war era. However, the Atalanta Motors lineage starts Pre-war, when three friends formed Atalanta Motors. One of these friends was “Alfred Gough of Frazer Nash fame. Approximately 26 Pre-war Atalantas were built, in the main powered by the Lincoln V12. Each chassis was produced with all-round independent suspension, with the rear being particularly unique, having horizontality mounted coil springs parallel to the chassis.
Between 1944 and 1958, Atalanta Motors witnessed a revival with the addition of the initials RGS (Richard Gaylard Shattock)/Dick Shattock.
In 1944, Dick had acquired an unused Pre-war Atalanta chassis, in which Dick installed three different engines.This car was registered as MMX343. In 1949, Dick acquired the full naming rights for Atalanta Motors along with the ability to supply the owners with spares for the existing Pre-war cars. Dick, had been working on a new style of car business for a while, this venture would see him producing advanced chassis under the new company’s name. The customers would purchase a rolling chassis to formula 2 specification with the ability to fit their own engine and body combinations.