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1961 Ginetta G4

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Serial Number: G/0119
Frame Number: G/0119
Logbook: SVRA
Condition: Excellent
Price:  US $67,500  Currency_Convert
Location: Boerne, Texas
 
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Early Ginetta G4 (round tube frame) in TDF blue, fully sorted and a consistent SVRA winner. I spent nearly a year looking around the USA and calling Ginetta experts to find a good G4 before locating this car in Belgium in Fall 2013 and importing it. I have a detailed records of all email correspondence, specs, and receipts documenting everything that has gone into this G4. Engine is 1346cc (D Production) but I have a spare 1500cc block/head for C Production. Power is delivered through a Ford 2000E 4-speed gearbox to a Ford live axle with an upgraded aluminum differential housing (to reduce weight comparable to the BMC rear axle, while delivering superior reliability as BMC rear axles were known for failures when combined with higher horsepower engines such as the 1340cc or 1500cc variants). This car has had a very desirable closed headlights modification to the front and I have several sets of spare perspex covers. It gives the car a far better front profile look than the original headlight profile (think Lola MKI). The car also comes with a custom made Tonneau cover for the cockpit to shield it from extreme sun and rain. This G4 has benefited from having its engine maintained by renown UK engine builder Geoff Richardson Engineering (www.grengines.com/) as Thierry was a friend of Geoff's. Invoices and emails from Geoff Richardson Engineering verify that the car came to GRE in May 2007 for a new billet steel crank, new pistons/rods, valves, and a custom Ford head. GRE confirms the car had been there other times for routine engine service before I purchased it. Complete tear down inspection and mechanical restoration in 2014 by champion SVRA/SCCA driver and mechanic Craig Chima (CC Motorsports). The engine was removed and sent to George Bauchman (Midwest Motorsports) where George performed a valve job and checked all engine components before performing a half dozen dyno runs to test engine performance. The dyno sheets (available) confirm a strong 145 peak horsepower at 7400 RPM (we installed a rev limiter set to 8,000 RPM). George confirmed that there was still evidence of the Parkerizing on the cam lobes indicating that there is not a lot of time on it. He also reported that the head bores look very good with the cross hatch pattern still evident from recent honing and that was not much time on it based on the condition of the bearings and bores. The pistons were confirmed as forged -- thus, confirming what Geoff Richardson Engineering reported as part of their engine work. Among the thousands of dollars in new parts upgrades is an aluminum differential carrier/housing (via Tony Ingram) and limited slip. New steering arms and spherical rod ends were just part of the suspension upgrades including a Lotus- style horizontal steering arm to enable proper bumpsteer setup. This G4 already had already upgraded to aluminum front hubs for weight savings. A new custom ATL fuel cell was made to fit the existing mount (10.5" wide x 34.875" long) and this results in 14 gallons of fuel capacity, thus eliminating fuel refills on races up to 90 minutes! At the completion of the sorting, Craig weighed the car at 1117 pounds with two gallons of fuel in it. The car received routine maintenance in 2015 and then in 2016 I invested $2,500 on new Titan rockers, new chromoloy pushrods (Smith Brothers), & stiffer springs. Car just received post-season sorting (January 2017) and is race ready.

History

This car was owned in the UK until 1988 when it was sold to Michael Kupka (owner of famed Belgian race shop Mec Auto, www.mec-auto.com). Michael restored the car and kept it in street configuration from 1990 until the mid-2000's when it was sold to one of his race customers, Thierry de Mortier. Thierry successfully raced the car and it retains Belgian competition stickers on the roll bar. This car comes with FIA HTP papers and retains its FIA decal on the cowl for its original 997cc configuration. When Thierry prepped for racing in the mid-2000's, the 997cc Ford 105E engine was replaced with a larger Ford "Kent" block at 1340cc displacement. This G4 retains its original/correct chassis VIN stamp on the frame tube and body work is in excellent condition with only minor crazing in two small spots on the right rear quarter (no known accidents in Europe, none during my ownership, and no evidence of weld repairs).

Recent Competition History

SVRA class winner in Races 1 & 2 (Mid Ohio, 2014) SVRA National Champion class winner (COTA, 2015) SVRA Group/class overall winner (Indy, 2016)

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