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by Jay Traugott
This lightweight sports coupe from British automaker Ginetta may be ultra rare in the US, but it's ideal for both road and track.
Ginetta has been in the business of building sports and racing cars since 1958. And while the UK-based company may not be as well known as compatriots such as Lotus or TVR, unlike these famous marques Ginetta is both financially healthy and in business today. The company’s first car was the G2, which was really nothing more than a kit car consisting of a tubular frame chassis and an aluminum body. But it was designed from the get-go to compete on the track.
Its direct successors, the G3 and G4, which had fiberglass bodies, further increased the Ginetta’s motorsport reputation. The G4, however, could also be driven on the road, which was a major plus for sports car enthusiasts. By the time the G10 and G11 models debuted in 1964, power came from a Ford 4.7-liter V8 which, as you can imagine, packed quite a punch when transplanted into a lightweight frame and body. It was in 1967 when Ginetta launched the G15, a simple two-seat coupe consisting of a fiberglass body and a tube chassis. By the time it went out of production in 1974, over 800 units were made and it has remained a fan favorite ever since.
At present, Ginetta is still doing its thing, building lightweight, innovative and value-oriented sports cars that also compete in GT4 racing. One such example is the G50. In addition, the company, which recently changed ownership, offers a young drivers program that helps to prep the next generation of F1, Le Mans, and GT racing stars. This 1973 Ginetta G15 is currently up for sale on eBay with a starting bid of $9,500. Powered by a four-cylinder water-cooled engine that’s paired with a four-speed manual transmission, it produces only around 55 horsepower. But thanks to its fiberglass body, it weighs in at just 1,150 lbs. and returns 40 mpg on the US cycle.
Although the body itself is in great condition simply due to the car never having raced, a fresh paint job is still needed. The chassis is also original and rust free but the brakes and clutch could use some mechanical work. The interior, complete with four-point harnesses, needs to be reupholstered but is otherwise intact. The seller believes there are only four G15s in the US at the moment. And once it’s all fixed up, this old Ginetta will be a great drive. Photos courtesy of ginetta15.