Maxton had a short run as car companies go, about three years, and in that time only fifty production Rollerskates were built. Despite rave reviews from Road & Track magazine, the public was not particularly interested in a near $25K component car, from an unknown company in Colorado. Those who saw and drove the Rollerskate recognized the quality and value, but Maxton Components were unable to get that message out to the market.
The story, though, began a half dozen years earlier. For some time an idea had been germinating in the mind of Bob Sutherland. A wealthy businessman, he was a longtime vintage car enthusiast and collector, enjoying success at the Monterey Historic Races and the Concours de Elegance at Pebble Beach. His love of classic racing and sports cars fed his desire to build a roadster reminiscent of the classic British sports cars of the early sixties. He wanted a car that would recall the Lotus Seven, the original bugeye Sprite, the Ginetta G4, etc. But he wanted it to have truly modern performance. No BMC or Ford power trains, the Maxton was designed around the most modern power plant in the world, the rotary engine from the first generation Mazda RX-7.