Early Gowrings car

The History of Gowrings Mobility

Gowrings Mobility set the standards in Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles. Beginning with the Chairman conversion of the 1960s, the original wheelchair passenger vehicle was based on the Austin Mini Countryman. It was built by sub-contract coachbuilders and marketed in very low numbers.

By the 1970s, production volumes had grown to 50 or so per year and the Mini had been replaced by the Austin Metro. In the early 1980s, a more sophisticated conversion with a lowered floor, short lightweight ramp and lowering suspension was introduced, providing much easier wheelchair access. Based upon the highly successful Ford Escort van, the Chairman Escort was quickly followed by other models.

Over the years, we have evolved the design of our wheelchair accessible vehicles from raised rooflines to more discreet and sophisticated conversions with complex lowered floors, secure restraint systems and lightweight ramps.

In October 2012 Gowrings Mobility relocated to its new factory; a site dedicated to the manufacture of the UK’s leading modern wheelchair accessible vehicle range. The new factory represented a large investment in a site of more than seventy thousand square foot dedicated to British automotive specialist manufacturing.