Ginetta G4 Seen at the Historic Road Sports Championship at Oulton Park
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Ginetta Cars was formed in 1958, and the first production model was the G2 sports car. This 2-seater convertible was powered by a Ford 1.2 litre, straight-4, side valve engine, with a single Zenith carb, that developed 34 bhp at 45000 rpm.
It used an aluminium body on a tubular steel chassis with a curb weight of only 406 kg. Approximately 100 G2's were produced, with a kit version also available
In 1959, it was replaced by the G3, a 2-seater fixed head coupe in which the aluminium body was replaced by the cheaper glass fibre, with a curb weight of 635 kg.
It was fitted with a Ford 997 cc, OHV, straight-4 engine, with a single Zenith carb, that developed 40 bhp at 5000 rpm. Using a 4-speed manual gearbox, it produced a top speed of 95 mph with 0-50 mph in 10.1 secs, and a standing 1/4 mile in 19.5 secs.
Finally, the G3 evolved into the glass fibre, GT-bodied G4 sports car that was now powered by a 1.5 litre Ford, straight-4, OHV engine, with a single Weber twin-choke carb, that developed 90 bhp and 95 ft/lbs of torque.
With a 4-speed manual gearbox, it produced a top speed of 120 mph, with 0-60 mph in 8.5 secs. In 1963, a version fitted with a Ford 1.5 litre unit reached 124 mph, with 0-60 in 7.2 secs.
When production ended in 1969, around 500 G4's had been produced.
The G2 and G3 sports car variants were designed primarily for the track, whilst the road legal G3 racked up a number of track wins.
2003 Ginetta G4 This very stylish sports car was spotted in Greenwich Park whilst taking part in the 2015 London to Brighton Kit & Sports Car Run
1986 Ginetta G4 S4 Seen at Crystal Palace race day. The 120 mph 1964-68 fibre glass G4 used a Ford 1.5 litre engine. Production restarted in 1981 with the slightly larger Series 4 variant
1964-68 Ginetta G4R Seen at Mallory Park in 1997
1963 Ginetta G4 Seen at the 2014 Goodwood Revival
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