1959 Ford Tornado
Lot 153
1959 Tornado Typhoon Roadster Chassis no. WBM19AHM
€16,000 - 20,000
US$ 21,000 - 27,000
Lot Details
1959 Tornado Typhoon Roadster
Chassis no. WBM19AHM
Déçu par un kit-car dont il a fait l'acquisition, Bill Woodhouse décide de produire un véhicule de son crû, et y parvient pour moins de 250 £, y compris le coût de la voiture "donneuse" ! Même à la fin des années 1950, c'est une belle performance. Woodhouse établit alors Tornado Cars Ltd à Rickmansworth, dans le Hertfordshire, en Grande-Bretagne, et commence la production de la Typhoon. Conçue pour recevoir le moteur quatre cylindres Ford à soupapes latérales, la Typhoon comporte un simple châssis tubulaire en échelle et peut être commandée en deux ou quatre places, avec ou sans hard-top, ou avec une carrosserie de break sportif. Ce dernier va se révéler le plus grand succès de Tornado, quelque 400 kits sortant d'usine entre 1958 et 1962. Présentée en 1962, la Tempest bénéficie d'une conception plus moderne, destinée à recevoir des mécaniques BMC, Ford et Triumph, mais le nombre d'exemplaires produits va rester beaucoup moins élevé. Montant en gamme, Tornado propose son modèle suivant — le coupé Talisman — en kit ou comme voiture complète. La Talisman offre une suspension avant indépendante, des ressorts hélicoïdaux sur les quatre roues et une direction à crémaillère. Elle reçoit des moteurs Ford, y compris une version Cosworth, ce qui en fait la première voiture de tourisme à offrir un moteur venant du fameux motoriste de Grand Prix. Malheureusement, Tornado de heurte à des difficultés financières qui contraignent la firme à la fermeture en 1964.
L'exemplaire que nous proposons comporte un moteur Ford 1 172 cm3, avec une carrosserie en fibre de verre. La voiture est offerte avec son titre de circulation britannique (UK Swansea V5).


Disappointed with a kit car he had purchased, Bill Woodhouse decided to built his own and succeeded in doing so for less than £250, including the cost of the donor vehicle! Even in the late 1950s that was quite an achievement. Woodhouse set up Tornado Cars Ltd in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire and commend production of the Typhoon. Designed to take the four-cylinder Ford sidevalve engine, the Typhoon incorporated a simple, tubular, ladder-type frame and could be ordered in two- or four-seater forms, with or without hardtop, and as a sports estate. It would turn out to be Tornado's most successful model, some 400-or-so kits leaving the factory between 1958 and 1962. Introduced in 1960, the Tempest was a more advanced design intended to accommodate power units from BMC, Ford and Triumph, but was built in far fewer numbers. Moving up market, Tornado made its next model - the Talisman coupé - available as a completed car as well as a kit. The Talisman featured independent front suspension, coil springs all round and rack-and-pinion steering. Ford engines were specified, including a Cosworth-tuned unit, making the Talisman the first road car to boast an engine from the renowned Grand Prix manufacturer. Sadly, Tornado ran into financial difficulties and closed in 1964.
This example is powered by the 1,172cc Ford engine and has glassfibre bodywork. The car is offered with UK Swansea V5 registration document.

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