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Frank Costin

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Francis A. Costin, aviation and racing car designer

1920 Born June 8

Educated at Harrow Weald College.

Joined General Aircraft, Feltham, as fitter

1937 Graduated to Drawing Office

1940 Design Office, Airspeed (Portsmouth), Ltd.

1943 Worked with Supermarine, Ltd.

1946 Project Design Engineer, Percival Aircraft Co, Ltd.

1948 Technical Director, Sanderson and Costin

1951 Aerodynamic Flight Test Engineer in charge of the Experimental Dept., de Havilland Aircraft Co, Ltd. at Christchurch.

1953 Moved to de Havilland Aircraft Co., Ltd., Chester

His brother, Mike Costin, was already working for Lotus when Colin Chapman persuaded Frank to help with the aerodynamic design of racing cars. Designed the body for the Lotus VIII which was successful in 1954.

Responsible for design of many Lotus car bodies - the 1957 Le Mans Maserati coupe and the 1957-58 Vanwall body.

Retained as consultant by Vandervell Products

1958 Chief Designer, Brian Lister (Light Engineering), Ltd, Cambridge

Also designed bodies for TMC

Joined with Jem Marsh to design the Marcos using wood as the main structural material.

1995 Died

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Sources of Information

  • Obituary The Times March 15, 1995