The car it­self is a GTR, that was known as the deluxe sports model and was the start of the pocket rocket line out of GMH. This was a sec­ond car I bought to wreck for spares for another I was restor­ing for my boy. That was done about 20 years ago, when there were still plenty of parts around at wreck­ers, so we were for­tu­nate to gather suf­fi­cient to put another one to­gether. So it’s all orig­i­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tion. We went as far as a caus­tic tank strip for the body. It had a sun­roof, so the tur­ret was re­moved and re­placed; The boot and f loors were all cut out and re­placed; The front ra­di­a­tor sur­round had been butchered by some­one who wanted to put a V8 in it, so that had to go.

The big thing when buying one is en­sur­ing they have the right ID codes for a GTR and XU-1. Re­ally you’re look­ing to match the chas­sis, en­gine and paint codes.

They live up to their rep­u­ta­tion as a pocket rocket. Even with the orig­i­nal 161 they were ver y lively. The 173 only went for six months and I’ve only seen one quite re­cently.

They got on my radar be­cause my boy wanted a GT Fal­con at age 15. I couldn’t sup­port that de­sire. But we found an orig­i­nal GTR in a car yard, so we bought it and re­stored it and that’s where it all started.

RIGHT Good re­sult, isn’t it?

OP­PO­SITE John John­ston poured a huge amount of ef­fort into this resto.

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