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1956 Turner 803
1956 Turner 803 information
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The goal was to produce an entry-level sports car that could be driven directly from showroom to racetrack. By skillfully employing a slue of reliable Austin A-35 components into his own chassis design and stylish fiberglass body, Jack Turner was able to materialize that vision and produce a low cost automobile that was highly competitive on the track.
These cars feature a large diameter steel tube ladder frame, fiberglass body with running gear and power plants from a variety of sources (BMC A-Series, Climax Coventry and Ford). The cars were lightweight with an excellent power to weight ratio, and great handling.
In the UK, they won the AUTOSPORT Championship from 1958 to 1964. In the USA, they competed at Sebring, won 3 SCCA D-Production National races in 1966; and won the SCCA F-Production National Championships in 1984, 1986, and 1989.
These cars were known to 'surprise' the better-known Porsches, Triumphs, and Austin-Healeys on the streets.
This car was purchased on August 22, 2002, by Mr. Lawrence of PA, from Mr. Atkins of Nailsea, Bristol England who owned the car for the past 30 years. It was shipped to the US on the Wallenius Wilhelmsen lines and retrieved at the Baltimore port on September 10th of 2002.
The car has a BMC A-Series 948cc engine (original for car) with dual SU 1 and 1/8 inch carburetors, weighs 1200 lbs and sold new for under $2000 US.
It is one of eighteen Model 803s known to exist today.