*This is a translation done by a machine.
Zinetta is an English road car and race car manufacturer founded in 1958 by the Walklet 4 Brothers. It was acquired by its current owner, Lawrence Tomlinson, in 2005 and continues to produce full-scale racing cars, such as the LMP3 Le Mans prototype, as well as sports cars, such as the G55 and G40, that conform to the GT4 category, which has become increasingly popular in recent years.
The G15 is said to be Zinetta's biggest hit. From 1968 to 1974, it was sold as a kit car at first, and it seems that a completed car became available later, and about 800 cars were sold.
The body is made of glassfiber. It combines a steel framed chassis with a suspension made from a Triumph Herald. The engine and transmission are Hilman Imp. The base is a combination of 875 cc inline 4 cylinders and 4 speed MT. The drive system is RR (rear engine rear drive).
Improvements have been made in the model cycle, with minor changes to MkII in 1969 and MkIII in 1970. In MkIII, the quarter window on the side has been enlarged and the shape of the door handle seems to have been changed.
|Taichi Fujino’s Highlights!|
I heard that the model which was originally customized as a hill climb race car was imported to Japan in 1991. The current owner says he obtained the car several years ago to participate in the sideway-trophy of the Historic Car Race.
It took about 4 years to restore. The engine has been overhauled and an oversized piston has been installed, increasing the engine displacement to 980 cc. I heard that accessories such as a starter and a water pump were also made new. Equipped with aluminum roll bar and height adjustable suspension. The rear brake, which used to be a drum type, has been changed to a disc type and is now a four-wheel disc type.
We contacted the home country during the restocking period and investigated this history, and it was the 662 th unit of about 800 units shipped from the factory on January 18, 1973. In other words, it turned out to be the latest model.
After it was restored, it had just registered in March 2019 and drove about 900 miles (Approximately 1440 km) on a steeper. The current owner is currently participating in another car, a rally event, and because it overlaps with the sideway-trophy, he decided to give it up. It doesn't seem to have a kill switch at the moment, so if you put it on, you can enter the battle right away.
I did a test drive a little, and the body is compact with the total length of 369 cm and the total width of 148 cm, and the weight of the car is only 580 kg. It is RR drive, so the engine speed was still limited because it was accustomed driving, but I could feel the lightness and fun fully. If you want to start a Historic Car Race, it might be a good choice.
Originally written by Taichi Fujino
Photo by Junichi Okumura
Published on August 2019
|Year of Purchase||Mar 1991|