There were major differences between the GT and the standard version of which was most apparent being the shortened wheelbase so to accommodate only 2 seats. The body was made of lighter grade aluminium to further reduce overall weight. Mechanically, the GT shared the same 3,760cc engine but it had a higher 9:1 compression ratio, two spark plugs per cylinder and three 48 DCOE Webber carburettors feeding the twin-cam head. Externally the GT was distinguishable by its cowled headlights and spoked Borrani wheels. Only 75 cars were made to this specification and a further 25 which carried the Zagato body. Surely these 100 must represent one of the greatest British Road cars of all time with their uncompromising performance, superb handling and phenomenal engineering standards.
Originally 0105/r was sold to motorcycle racer Syd Lawton before changing hands a few extra times over the next 16 years. It was the 5th owner, Mr Shipman who then raced the car extensively in the US before deciding to sell it at auction. In 1994 David Bennett bought the car and became a regular competitor at the big classic race meetings, in particular the Silverstone Coys Historic festival in 1993, where it achieved a first and eighth. The GT carried on being raced until 2000 but without the same success, the competition having moved forward dramatically.
In 2012 John Corrie entrusted the car to marque experts RS Williams, Bodylines and Spraytech for a full rebuild, a history file accompanies the car which includes full details of the rebuild. During the course of the work the ownership passed to Jean-Marc Grief, and since then he has participated in the 2014 Tour Auto.
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