Thursday, 25 October 2018

1961 GSM DELTA - Historic Motoring Solutions Loughborough, Leicestershire


Historic Motoring Solutions 
Loughborough, Leicestershire
Telephone: 01509 854424  Mobile: 07957 338503

I am selling this delightful little period sportscar on behalf of my father 

It's a 1961 GSM Delta !! 

Designed by South African racing drivers come sports boat builders 166 cars produced in South Africa by Willie Meissner and Bob Van Niekert 
76 were produced in West Malling in Kent by a subsidiary of the South African company. Badged the dart in South Africa and the delta over here due to legal reasons ( Daimler), the Gsm was one of the first production fibreglass cars. 

These cars were bred for racing back in the period and regularly beat Colin Chapmans lotus 7 on track 

The engine in this car is a 1500cc Ford Cortina gt pre crossflow unit that has been fully rebuilt. It features large valve unleaded cylinder head with steel rocker pedestals and new rocker shaft, valves, and guides. The block has been honed with new pistons and rings. The bottom end rotational gear has been fully balanced and a Newman PH3 camshaft is fitted to take advantage of the twin Italian weber DCOE40s

The gearbox is 4-speed cortina It mated to the engine with lightened flywheel, new ring gear, and clutch kit. 

Custom stainless exhaust 

The car comes with a hardtop, side screens, and tonneau cover 

Solid steel ford rims 

Disc brakes upfront and drums rear 

Purchased new in 1961 by Michael Hampton for £700 originally built with a 1000cc and raced at brands coming second to last behind a sprite, the driver got scared after coming off at paddock hill and sold the car. It was overtaken by Sir Stirling Moss and John Surtees several times at brands in the period. 

Geoff Uren also raced one. 

A very interesting and rare car with huge scope for historic motorsport, HRDC Allstars competitor and Goodwood potential. The overall condition is very good throughout having been restored to a high standard in the past and carefully stored with little use since. 

A very large history folder comes with the car detailing ownership and history from its early years, several articles on the marque and their racing pedigree.

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