Sad to read that Overfinch has gone into administration, if only because it’s one of the best-known British tuning companies in a dwindling band of such entrepreneurial endeavours.
Despite a rich heritage of tuners (think Downton Minis, Uren Cortinas, Blydenstein Vauxhalls), very few Brit tuners have managed to carry-on business over a long period.
Cooper, of course, is the exception, thriving today as the performance badges on BMW Minis. As is Cosworth, although the latter has always been a lot more than a mere ‘tuner’.
Mountune is another company that made its name with conversions of Minis, although starting in the 1980s rather than 1960s. Today it does good business as a maker of competition engines and excellent Ford road car conversions, particularly a rorty Fiesta that Ford dealers can supply.
But even Mountune has gone through a few corporate twists and turns recently. In 2004 it was bought by Roush and then sold a couple of years ago to a management buyout.
Long-term, battling ever-increasing electronic complexity just doesn’t make life easy for tuners.