William Towns (1936–1993) also known as Bill Towns was a British car designer.
1979 Hustler. William Towns is behind the car, facing the camera
|Died||1993 (aged 56–57)|
|Known for||Automotive design|
|Aston Martin Lagonda|
Towns began his training as a designer at Rootes in 1954, where he was mainly involved in the styling of seats and door handles. Later he was also involved with the styling of their Hillman Hunter. He moved to Rover in 1963 and worked there for David Bache and designed the body of the Rover-BRM gas turbine Le Mans car. In 1966, he left Rover to join Aston Martin as a seat designer, eventually becoming the force behind the Aston Martin Lagonda.
He left Aston Martin in 1977 for more remunerative industrial design work, setting up his own design studio, Interstyl. As a freelance designer, he worked on the Jensen-Healey, the successful Hustler kit-car, the Reliant SS2 and the short-lived Railton F28/F29.
Cars designed by TownsEdit
- 1964 Rover-BRM gas turbine car (with David Bache)
- 1967 Aston Martin DBS
- 1972 Jensen-Healey
- 1972 Minissima
- 1974 Aston Martin Lagonda
- 1974 Guyson E12
- 1976 Microdot
- 1976 Aston Martin Lagonda Series 2
- 1978 Hustler
- 1980 Aston Martin Bulldog
- 1985 TXC Tracer
- 1988 Reliant SS2
- 1992 Reliant Scimitar Sabre
- 1989 Railton F28 Fairmile and F29 Claremont
- "Feature: Aston Martin Lagonda". Channel 4. 9 March 2006.
- Vaughan, Adam (12 May 2017). "This Humble Kit Car Has Exotic Roots". Motorism. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
- Interview with Towns, 'Wheels' series, Thames Television, 1980s. Published on YouTube 14 April 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLPSbYw8cro
- "Honest John's Agony column: Home Towns". The Daily Telegraph. 18 June 2005.
- Berridge, Declan (1 January 2016). "The converters : Guyson E12 by William Towns". aronline.co.uk. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
- Adams, Keith (1 December 2015). "The converters : Towns TXC Tracer". aronline.co.uk. Retrieved 7 December 2017.