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NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE -

DON’T be sur­prised if you haven’t heard of the JSR sportscar be­fore.

Only one was ever made and it’s sit­ting in a shed at Mt Tam­borine on the Gold Coast hin­ter­land.

Its owner Brian Telfer came across the car in a ter­ri­ble state, in­clud­ing a blown en­gine.

‘‘I bought it un­der the con­di­tion that the owner find an­other mo­tor,’’ the 64-year-old semi-re­tired busi­ness­man said.

Telfer bought the car for $6000, but es­ti­mated he had spent more than $45,000 restor­ing it to its full for­mer glory.

The chas­sis was built in 1951 in Mel­bourne’s Com­mon­wealth Air­craft Fac­tory by the man­ager, Ern Seel­iger, who had built sev­eral other spe­cial race cars for per­sonal rac­ing use.

Seel­iger’s biggest claim to fame was in the 1958 Aus­tralian Grand Prix when he scored a sec­ond place in one of his spe­cials be­hind a Fer­rari driven by Lex Dav­i­son.

The ini­tials JSR stand for friends, John and Sylvia Rees.

It was a pro­to­type for a pro­duc­tion racer, but was deemed too ex­pen­sive, so it was the only one made.

The body is steel, the brakes are finned drums, the tyres are spe­cial Miche­lin En­gle­bert rac­ing rub­ber, the in­stru­ments are Jaeger, the three-speed gear­box is Ford, the trans­verse leaf spring front sus­pen­sion comes from the Amer­i­can Ford Mer­cury, it has rev­o­lu­tion­ary tor­sion bar rear sus­pen­sion and the four-litre, side-valve V8 en­gine is from a Mer­cury, with Of­fen­hauser heads, in­let twin man­i­fold and twin Stromberg car­bies.

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