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Turner History

The first Turner models were produced between 1951 and 1966 by Turner Sports Cars Ltd, a company established by Jack Turner near Wolverhampton, England. As well as complete cars, Turners were also available in kit form. The company closed in 1966 after the founder had a heart attack. The development cost of a completely new coupé model with a rear mounted Hillman Imp engine, the prototype of which was far from complete, may also have been partly responsible for the company's demise.

Jack Turner had built a series of one-off specials and prepared racing cars from the late 1940s even building his own engines. The first cars for sale were based on one of the specials and consisted of a chassis, independent suspension units using transverse leaf springs and Turner's own alloy wheels. It was up to the customer to arrange engine, transmission and body. Eight are thought to have been made.

Turner A30 and 950 Sports
Turner A30 and 950 Sports Manufacturer Turner Sports Cars Ltd
Production 1955-1959
250 approx produced
Body style(s) 2-door 2 seat open car
Engine(s) 803 or 948 cc in-line 4 cylinder
Transmission(s) 4 speed manual
Wheelbase 81 in (2057 mm)[2]
Length 140 in (3556 mm)[2]
Width 56 in (1422 mm)[2]
Height 49 in (1245 mm)[2]
The first complete car was the A30 Sports a two seater also known as the 803 and using an 803 cc Austin A30 engine, transmission and suspension. The car featured a simple ladder frame chassis and open fibreglass 2-seater sports bodywork. As BMC would not supply components directly, they had to be purchased from dealers which increased the price of the car. In 1956, the uprated 948 cc unit from the Austin A35 was adopted and the model renamed 950 Sports, but, apart from fully hydraulic brakes with optional front discs, was otherwise unchanged. The majority were exported mainly to the United States and South Africa.

A 950 cc car with Alexander tuned engine with cross flow cylinder head was tested by the British Motor magazine in 1960 had a top speed of 95.7 mph (154.0 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 13.6 seconds. A fuel consumption of 36.0 miles per imperial gallon (7.85 L/100 km/30.0 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £1052.

Approximately 70-80 of the A30 and 170 of the A35 models were made.

Turner Sports Mk I
In 1959 this model was replaced by a new version which although similar to the outgoing model, featured substantial revisions both to the body and chassis. front disc brakes became an option. The 948 cc Austin engined version was named the Turner Sports Mk I, and versions known as Turner-Climaxes were also available with the powerful Coventry Climax 1,097 cc FWA and 1,216 FWE units.

Approaching 40 of the Mk Is were made.

Turner Sports Mk II
The following year, a Sports Mk II model appeared with much improved interior trim and further minor styling revisions. As well as the Austin and Coventry Climax engines, in 1961 and 1962 other options such as the Ford 105E 997 cc and 109E 1,340 cc units were introduced and finally, in 1963, the new Ford Cortina 1,500 cc engine was also made available. From 1960 the front suspension became Triumph Herald based.

About 150 Turner Mk II models were made.

Turner GT
A completely new, larger, fixed-head Turner GT had been introduced in early 1962 at the London Racing Car Show. It had a glass fibre monocoque centre section and could, in theory, be had with a choice of Ford or Coventry Climax engines. Only 9 of this model, all believed to be fitted with the Ford 1,500 cc engine, were produced before the model was discontinued in 1964.

Turner Sports Mk III
The final Turner model introduced in late 1963 was the Mk III evolution of the Turner Sports and featured a tuned version of the Ford 1,500 cc engine as standard. Externally, the bonnet gained a large air scoop. This model remained in production until the company went into liquidation in April 1966 when approximately 100 had been produced.

External links
The Turner Register
Turner Sports Cars

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Comment by Ken Prichard Jones on October 28, 2009 at 1:07pm
Yes. It is 66/658. It was fitted with a Lotus T/C in the 1990s and I have now replaced it with the 1650 Cosworth engine. This makes it eligible to run in HSCC Guards Trophy races and Gentlemen Drivers pre-66 GT (the car type was homologated in 1963 with a ZF axle) in the UK and GT and Sportscar races in Europe. I bought a second-hand one in 1967 and it was comparatively very fast as the engine was producing about 130bhp in a half-ton car which, at the time, was a large power to weight ratio. John Miles raced his Turner Cosworth 1650 and won the British Sports Car Championship in it although it was rumoured to weigh about 800 pounds only and carried a full undertray. It was more than a match for AC Cobras and lightweight E types on twisty circuits. My car is still too heavy because of the roll cage and we will need a thin-skinned racing body soon. How about your car?
Comment by Norm Sippel on October 27, 2009 at 7:31pm

Nice to see someone else here. Is your car on the Turner Web site?

Comment by Ken Prichard Jones on October 27, 2009 at 4:40pm
Hi, we run the Silverstone Classic historic race meeting and encouraged Turners to take part both on the track and in the club display area. There will be more Turners racing in 2010.

I have a 1966 Turner Cosworth 1650.
Comment by Norm Sippel on January 22, 2009 at 4:01pm
Who else belongs to this Turner Goup of VRL?


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