Ginetta G33

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Description: The Ginetta G33 (1992); Founded in 1958, Ginetta Cars was a visionary joint venture by the four Walklett brothers, Bob, Ivor, Trevers and Douglas in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England. All brothers were motor racing enthusiasts and Ginetta Cars has been long associated with racing, linked to both contemporary and historic racing

Founded in 1958, Ginetta Cars was a visionary joint venture by the four Walklett brothers, Bob, Ivor, Trevers and Douglas in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England. All brothers were motor racing enthusiasts and Ginetta Cars has been long associated with racing, linked to both contemporary and historic racing. Their first car was a special based on a pre war Wolseley Hornet.

The G33 coupe came with 3.9 liter V8 power that was capable of 145 mph and could achieve 0-60 mph in merely 5 seconds. The G33 cost £17800 by 1990. The G33 Convertible was launched at the British International Motor Show in September of 1990, alongside the G32 Convertible.

Gaining the reputation as the ‘bad boy' of the range, the G33 is considered to be one of the best loved Ginetta's ever. First penned out on a table cloth in a Pizza restaurant, the idea behind the G33 was inspired by Mark Warklett and Noel Palmer. The G33 was a super car experiment, and the idea was to squeeze a Rover 3.9 liter V8 into the pretty G27 that had been in production in place of the 4 cylinder Ford Pinto engine normally fitted to produce a very rapid car.

The G33 Convertible marked a return of the once famous racing company returning to its roots with production of high performance, lightweight sports vehicles that were fully capable of both road and track use. All new, the G33 was a two-seat, two-door convertible body that was manufactured in glass reinforced polyester resin. All of this was in combination with a separate galvanized chassis.

The G33 featured suspension that was independent all around with double wishbones and front and rear anti roll bars. Adjustable shock absorbers with adjustable collar coil springs were fitted all the way around, and the G33 was gas filled. The rear suspension was fitted with a Salisbury differential with fixed length drive shafts and alloy hub carriers. Braking was done by discs all around, inboard at the rear and ventilated outboard at the front.

The interior was completely fitted with leather seats, deep pile plush carpet and traditional instrumentation placed directly in front of the driver. This included a speedometer, oil pressure, water temperature, tachometer and fuel gauges. A leather trimmed steering wheel was also fitted as steering wheel and provided a turning circle of 32'.

The engine was front mounted and drove the rear wheels. The 8 cylinder engine featured a total capacity of 3947cc with maximum power at 200 bhp at 5280 and the maximum torque was 220 ft/lbs at 3500 rpm. Standard on the G33 was a five speed manual transmission with hydraulic operated single dry plate diaphragm clutch. The Ginetta G33 carried a maximum speed of 150 mhp and could achieve 0-60mph in just 5.0 seconds.

In 1990 a prototype car appeared at the Motor show and was subsequently road tested by Tiff Needell for the BBC Top gear program. The 12 gallon tank was mounted at the rear of the vehicle and induction was done by fully electronic fuel injection with a single electric fuel pump.

The Ginetta G33 was somewhat rushed into production. Using the body of the G27 as the basis for the G33, the frame was stretched and widened to take the Rover V8. The windscreen corners of the G27 were also cut off to aid access to the cabin of the G33. The G33 won merit for being an agile performance vehicle that could be used for longer distances. Thanks to its appealing visage, the G33 sold very well through a new series of dealers throughout the UK. A large number of G33's were exported to the Japanese market and were met with acclaim.

Each car that left the factory was on a three-month waiting list before arriving to the customer, as each vehicle was made to customer order for both paint and interior colors. It is estimated that around 100 G33's left the production line. The G32 coupe cost £13700, the convertible £14600 and the G33 £17800 in the 1990 model year.

Unfortunately, just as things were looking good for Ginetta and the G33, rising interest rates and fluctuations in the money market halted production in 1993. Rescued by a consortium of dealers, the company was cleared of all its debts, but there wasn't enough money to buy the complete Rover Engines that were necessary for Ginetta to sell complete vehicles.

The production rights and moulds of the Ginetta G33 were sold to a project with Volva. A new company called Gin 1 in Sweden evolved and raised enough money for Ginetta in the UK. Renamed the G34 the new model featured a 2 liter 4-cylinder 165 bhp turbo. A total of 16 of these models were built in Sweden before production ceased and production rights returned to Ginetta in the U.K.



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