1963 Turner MkII Sports  Chassis no. 62/561
Lot 94
1963 Turner MkII Sports
Registration no. not registered Chassis no. 62/561
Sold for £ 17,250 (US$ 21,936) inc. premium

Lot Details
1963 Turner MkII Sports  Chassis no. 62/561 1963 Turner MkII Sports  Chassis no. 62/561 1963 Turner MkII Sports  Chassis no. 62/561
1963 Turner MkII Sports
Registration no. not registered
Chassis no. 62/561

* Restored 2010 onwards
* 1,650cc Ford engine
* Engine rebuilt by Geoff Richardson in 2013
* Only four hours racing since
* FIA HTP valid until end of 2026

Footnotes

  • Jack Turner started out by making a special for his own use and only became involved in motor manufacturing when he was asked to make others. The first Turner road car was the Sports, seven examples of which were made as 'rolling chassis' kits during 1951/52, leaving customers to source their own engines and bodies. Like the contemporary Cooper and Tojeiro, the Turner used a ladder-type frame chassis with independent suspension all round by means of lower wishbones and transverse leaf springs. Unusually, Turner made his own alloy wheels, supplying them also to Tojeiro.

    In 1955 Turner returned to motor manufacturing with a fully developed product – the A30 Sports – which, as its name suggests, used the Austin A30 engine, gearbox and running gear. Sold in kit form like the original model, the A30 Sports boasted a particularly handsome two-seater glassfibre body and was fairly successful, 90 examples finding customers between 1955 and 1957. The successor 950 Sports used the A35 engine and was easily distinguishable by its triangular tail fins. Coventry Climax FWA engines were fitted to some examples.

    In 1959 Turner introduced another 'Sports', which retained the existing chassis but featured a striking new bodyshell. BMC's A-Series unit remained the standard engine, with Climax units an option, as were front disc brakes and wire wheels. The bulk of production was exported, mainly to the USA, and Turners were highly successful in production sports car racing in both North America and Europe. Regarded by many enthusiasts as the definitive Turner, the Sports evolved through Marks II and III before production ceased in 1966, Jack Turner having become too unwell to continue.

    This Turner was fully restored in 2009 by WDK of Stockbridge, who have continued to maintain it. Since completion, the car has been raced extensively by the owner father-and-son team, achieving notable successes between 2009 and 2012 at Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Goodwood, Castle Combe, Snetterton, and Thruxton in RAC TT, HSCC, Masters, GT Sports Car Club, and Goodwood Revival meetings. Noteworthy results include 2nd at the Silverstone Classic in 2012; 7th in the Fordwater Trophy at Goodwood Revival in 2012; 2nd in the HSCC/HRS race at Thruxton in 2014; plus many 1st-in-class finishes.

    In 2013 the Turner underwent a major upgrade at WDK, including a fully rebuilt engine by Geoff Richardson. The car is offered with FIA HTP (Class GTS II) valid until 31st December 2026.

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  • Please be advised the windscreen is cracked and the vendor has ordered a replacement which will be forwarded to the successful buyer post-sale.
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