Friday, August 21, 2009

1962 Turner Ford 1500

Buy it today, race it tomorrow...

Turner was established in Wolverhampton, England in 1951. It closed its doors in 1966 after its founder, Jack Turner, died. During that time they made some impressive sports cars.

The first Turner cars, the A30 and 950, used a BMC 803cc (in the A30) or 948cc engine. The cars were fiberglass, so the performance, especially in the 948, was impressive for a small displacement car. Top speed was just under 100 MPH and 60 MPH came in around 13 seconds.

The car being offered on eBay is a Turner Sports Mk II. These were available with the Austin engine, a Coventry Climax engine, Ford 997 cc and 1,340 cc units, and like this car, a Ford Cortina 1,500 cc engine. The front suspension on this car is from the Triumph Herald. Around 150 Sports Mk II cars were made.

This car has a racing history in the UK and US. This car was sold new in the UK as a complete kit. The car was raced in the UK in the 80's and early 90's by two men involved with with the 750 Motor Club. It was exported to the USA in 1996.

This car is all set for vintage racing. According to the seller, it is the "fastest and most successful Turner racing vehicle in the United States at this time", and "Since 2003 (has) 80% class or outright wins racing with VARA HSR West and SVRA".
Impressive stuff.

The car is being offered by the same person selling the the GSM Dart Alfa 1300. Click here to see the listing.

The Turner Sports Car website has an incredible amount of information on Turner cars. You can find it here.

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