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PostPost by: CBUEB1771 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:48 pm

Al bit off topic but I saw the newly (relatively) restored GKN Special yesterday at KTR, the race prep and restoration shop in Ayer, Massachusetts, USA. My apologies for the substandard photo.
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:09 pm

Cool ! 8)

Europas look so good from the front, in Europe we call them a Marmite car... You either love them or hate them!

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PostPost by: Europatc » Sun Mar 22, 2015 4:01 pm

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wow great looking car. I have seen pictures of it. I think the Europa is a fantastic car. You would be lucky to find one in blighty the Japanese enthusiasts bought most of them. There are aspects of my Europa that I prefere to my Elan. Both great cars though.
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PostPost by: Europatc » Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:11 am

Alan I like your new Elan with Emma
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PostPost by: gus » Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:06 am

GKN 47D, one of one with Rover V8, so no, there are none in Japan..............
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PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:46 am

Russ

I understand the restoration has taken well over 10 years to complete. KTR must have a lot of work, or the owner is young and can afford the years!

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I think europatc was talking about Europa's in general, not GKN 47D.

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PostPost by: denicholls2 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:47 pm

Nice color, but GKN47D really does look like a stretch limo in the picture. I believe that's the owner's LoCort in the left background, ex Alan Mann, and looking shiny to boot. I last saw it at a dyno day a few years back when he'd just acquired it and it showed up wheezing and snorting. I fortunately had the right spanner to re-attach the front weber.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:42 pm

It does look stretched! Mind you, they had to lengthen it by 10" to get the V8 lump into it.

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PostPost by: CBUEB1771 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:49 pm

denicholls2 wrote:I believe that's the owner's LoCort in the left background, ex Alan Mann, and looking shiny to boot.


Different LoCort, the Alan Mann has it's unique red body shell and gold roof livery.
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PostPost by: CBUEB1771 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:52 pm

trw99 wrote:I understand the restoration has taken well over 10 years to complete. KTR must have a lot of work, or the owner is young and can afford the years!


Years ago I was told that a favorable shop rate was negotiated by allowing KTR is fit the work into slack periods.
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