October 28, 2014

1965 Ginetta G4R

1965 Ginetta G4R factory "R" model ready to race!

Fully Independent Rear suspension, 4 wheel disc brakes, 180 HP 1600cc Twin Cam Ford, Quaife internals 4 speed Ford gearbox, and only 1184 lbs. Fiberglass body over wet wrap early round tube chassis/frame Ginetta.

The Wakletts, four brothers, began constructing cars under the Ginetta name in the mid-1950s. Ginetta introduce the G4 in 1961 and many examples were immediately presented at numerous racing venues throughout the UK. The car was Homologated with the 997cc English Ford B105 motor and was sold either with that motor or the 1500cc non-Crossflow.

The factory noted the success of their customers racing the G4 and began an effort to campaign a factory-sponsored "works" G4: this to the development lead of the G4"R" The "R" designating a purpose-built race car with several upgraded developments including a Ginetta designed independent rear axel with in-board rear disc brakes and the fitment of the Lotus Twin Cam engine. The cars were an immediate success. Some ten to a dozen G4 "R's" were thus built and sold. The Ginetta G4 "R" models compete against the Lotus 26 "R" and Super Seven, Shelby Cobra, Porsche 904/6, and other production-based Vintage Race cars.

This particular G4 "R" was sold new in 1965 to Harvey Smith a UK privateer under the team Worchester Racing. It was raced for two years and then retired to live on the street. The car was imported to the US and restored by Tony Ingram. It received the Rolex "Best Presentation and Performance" Monterey Historic Award winner in 2009. Campaigned with HMSA, CSRG, SVRA, and General Racing Limited; for the last 15 years. No accidents well looked after. Titled in California and its DMV Title is in hand. Very original, all original parts retained when restored along with separate all original bodywork, trim, and lights. HMSA Log Book. Serial number 04/0221. Very competitive against Lotus, Porsche, Alfa, Corvette, Mustang Shelby, Tiger, and Elva in both over and under 2500 cc classes.

Specs: All steel Twin Cam legit 1600cc displacement, Aluminum head, JE piston, billet crank, steel rods, Dual DCOE 45 Webber carbs, dry sump, Tilton clutch, and aluminum flywheel, 4 to 1 coated headers: dyno output 183 HP plus, approximately 7-8 hrs since refresh on the motor. Girling discs, dual circuit Girling masters, aluminum bell housing and tail shaft, Lotus Ford 4-speed gearbox with Quaife internals. SPAX shocks, rack and pinion steering, Fuel Safe cell (new foam,) "current date" six-point belts, full roll cage, onboard fire system, Minilite wheels with Avon race tires.

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