1967 Gran­tura Gem

Classic Sports Car - - Top Ten -

The prod­ucts of the Hoo Hill in­dus­trial es­tate were not al­ways known for be­ing pretty, but the Gem that emerged from TVR’S sis­ter firm (and neigh­bour) Gran­tura Plas­tics was par­tic­u­larly, er, ‘dis­tinc­tive’… It’s not strictly a true TVR, then, but the com­pany was de­scended from Trevor Wilkin­son’s orig­i­nal op­er­a­tion, staffed by for­mer TVR em­ploy­ees, and was still pro­duc­ing all of TVR’S bod­ies. Add in the fact that it was run by busi­ness­man, rac­ing driver and TVR Car Club pres­i­dent Tommy En­twistle and it de­serves a place in our list, even if TVR de­cided that its blunt-nosed lines meant that it didn’t de­serve a place in its model line-up. Still, the Gem had its qual­i­ties – not least a roomier cabin and a proper open­ing bootlid – and con­tin­ued to be de­vel­oped and raced by En­twistle for over five decades. Ano­rak fact The Gem’s long-wheel­base Tus­can chas­sis wore glass­fi­bre pan­els, made in moulds taken from a hand-formed alu­minium plug

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