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1959 Tornado Thunderbolt

In 1957, Tornado cars Ltd. was founded by Bill Woodhouse and Tony Bullen and based in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, UK. The first product was the Typhoon Sports and was available in a plethora of configurations including bodywork and mechanical components. In total, there were around 400 examples believed to have been produced to 1962.

Around 15 examples of the Tempest model were produced in 1960 and 1961.

The Tornado was another product offered by Tornado Ltd, and it had a lightweight fiber-glass body and purpose-built chassis utilizing many Triumph parts. Part of the hope was that Triumph TR2 and TR3 owners would want a better product, and find their answer in the Tornado. It was a purpose-built, lightweight, potent car that proved itself as a capable road-going and racing car. Only one example was produced and it had a TR3 engine and is still in existence in modern times.

In 1964, the Tornado company had cash flow problems and suspended production.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2011

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