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#1 275 GTB-4

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 09:37

Doing a tidy up inside today, after wrecking my back working on a car, I came across this interesting sports car. I took it at the F1GP 2005. Looks like it is Healey based (maybe?).

So....what is the story behind this great looking GT?

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#2 CoulthardD

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 09:46

Is it a Turner?

http://auta5p.car.cz...6/mo1986_06.htm

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#3 Catalina Park

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 09:56

Sometimes known as the Repco-Record and also know as the Repco-Dean. It was built by Repco as an experimental car to show off the products from the divisions of Repco. It had a steel backbone chassis and a hand made steel body it was changed a few times in its lifetime with different front and rear treatments. Powered by a Holden grey motor with a Phil Irving designed Repco Highpower head with an Aston Martin gearbox. Suspension was mainly Holden up front and a Holden live rear axle with quarter eliptic springs.

#4 David McKinney

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 10:02

When did it appear?

#5 Catalina Park

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 10:02

Look what I just googled! http://www.repco-1.com/ :cool:

#6 275 GTB-4

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 10:05

Thanks Mike...I now recall hearing something like that over the tannoy :blush: ....so no Healey connection.

I assume it was a one-off and went through some development and therefore name-changes....

#7 Ray Bell

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 11:27

Nice to read on that site that the Maybach won a Grand Prix in 1955...

Repco heads weren't about as early as 1951. The Raymond Mays Zephyr heads were studied before the Repco head was built, that might give an indication of how early they were available.

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 11:56

And of course it was also used in the film "On the Beach" which was supposedly about the devastation after a nuclear holocaust and thus fittingly was filmed in Melbourne...;) I seem to remember it starred Ava Gardner