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1971 Ginetta G15

Lot No.: 238

Registration: JLT 393K
Chassis Number: 150253
Engine Number: GT21540
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 998cc
Year of Manufacture: 1971
Sold for (£): 13,225

Ginetta has played an important part in small volume sportscar construction and club motorsport from its humble origins in Suffolk from the early 1950's, however, it was not until the arrival of the G4 through to the G15 that notable race successes happened.  Alongside the core business of car construction the Walklett family continued to support individuals who chose to race their products, often with ‘giant killing' wins against top volume manufacturers.

Offered here is the most famous Ginetta G15 of all time.  In 1977, driven by David Beams it was outright winner of the Certina Swiss Watches Production Sports Championship and class winner of the Silverstone Production Sports Car Championship.  From nineteen starts this nimble little Ginetta won seventeen races with numerous lap records along the way.  It is probably best remembered for an epic battle for the lead against Martin Birrane's Jaguar V12 E-Type at Brands Hatch in 1977 with Beams winning the day.  The competition history begins in 1975 with many class wins in BARC sprint and hillclimb events achieving fifteen wins.  In 1976 it competed in the BRSCC Prod Sports Championship, winning twice and landing four lap records.  In 1977 it was sold to Steve Cole who continued to gain further successes. Last used in competition by Lionel Shakespeare, the Hillman Imp engined Ginetta was purchased by our vendor in 1989 and was then completely restored. He has maintained and stored it ever since preserving its originality and condition.

There is a truly comprehensive history file that charts the impressive race history of this Ginetta.  There are copies of period letters between the owner, the factory and governing bodies confirming the specification.  The file also includes, lap-times, set up data and period race photos.

Championship race winning cars seldom come to the market in such original condition at this level and with ‘giant killing' reputation...
A truly nostalgic part of the seventies Britsh motorsport scene.