G32 History

 
The history, evolution and demise of the Ginetta G32
Ginetta G32 production
Ginetta G4 and G12 Ginetta was founded in 1958 by the four Walklett brothers, Douglas, Trevor, Bob and Ivor, all motor racing enthusiasts. Their first car was a special based on a pre-war Wolseley Hornet and their second car, a similar project the G2 saw approx' 100 produced. By 1961 the stylish G4 was built to double for racing and road use which increased Ginetta's reputation in this field. Company expansion led to new premises at Witham near Chelmsford where they were to continue for many years. G4 production lasted eight years with more than 500 manufactured. During this period Ginetta also produced the G8, a single seater F3 and the G10 powered by a 4.7 liter Ford V8. By 1966 the G4 was succeeded by the G12 which was Britain's first mid engined GT and beat all the competition of the day on the tracks.

Ginetta G15 and G21 In 1967 the most successful model to be made was launched and the G15 saw the light of day at the Earls Court show. With Hillman Imp power train, production soon raised to a peak of 6 cars per week. More than 800 were made before manufacture ceased in 1974. The previous year the G21 began production as a sister car to the G15. This featured' attractive fast back styling along with a 1725cc engine and high levels of equipment. Like the G15 it was crash tested for full type approval and around 150 were made up to the end of 1978. By the early 1980's a larger revamped G4 (G27) was put into production as a stopgap until a new range of models were developed.

Ginetta G25 and G26 The G25 prototype incorporating a transverse mid mounted Ford Fiesta engine inspired the styling of an all new range of models. The new Ginetta G26 was four seat component car incorporating Ford Cortina mechanicals and Ford Fiesta doors. It went into production during 1984 and evolved into the highly successful G28, G30 and G31 range.

Ginetta G25 prototype
 
Ginetta G32 By now, the Walkletts were looking to return Ginetta to a bigger league with another fully type approved vehicle. The G32 was developed from the mid engine G25 prototype and was type approved by early 1989. At the same time plans were drawn up to relocate to Scunthorpe where a larger factory could accommodate the full potential of the G32. During late 1989 the company was bought by a management buy in led by Sheffield businessmen, Martin Phaff and Mike Modiri, the Walklett’s remaining as technical consultants.

Ginetta G33 Legend has it that the G33 was jotted on a table cloth in a Pizza restaurant. The idea was to squeeze a Rover V8 into the G27 (an enlarged G4). A prototype car appeared at the 1990 Motor show and was road tested by Tiff Needell on the BBC Top gear program. This saw enquiries flood in to an unsuspecting Ginetta who really wanted to promote the mid engine G32.
 
Receivership Ginetta were now running into cash flow problems, I suspect mostly due to the high production costs of the G32, not helped by the arrival of the mass-produced MK1 Toyota MR2. During 1992 manufacturing and sales rights for the classic Ginetta G4 and G12 were sold to a Japanese consortium, but the cash injection wasn’t enough to save the company. Production of the G32 and G33 ceased in 1993 when Ginetta went into receivership.
 
 
A new era
 
Ginetta was rescued by a consortium of dealers who cleared the debts. Under the leadership of the new owner Lawrence Tomlinson Ginetta has continued to this day. http://www.ginetta.com/ 
 
Dare UK was incorporated towards the end of 1990 by Trevers and Ivor Walklett. After the demise of Ginetta the Japanese approached Dare to take over the manufacture of the Ginetta G4 and G12. http://www.dareuk.com/