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Gerry's dream boat; starting from scratch again
Topic Started: Sep 17 2014, 22:47 (740 Views)
megabertha

:'( This is a story (true) about "the car that never was" page 99 of "Only Here For The Beer" Gerry Marshall's auto-biography.

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This is that car that never was , but it is going to be almost 40 yrs after it's first concept...... watch this space.
Edited by megabertha, Sep 17 2014, 23:06.
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I love this sooooooooo much ❤️❤️❤️
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I'm still to call in for a nosey even tho I pass your place at least 4 times a week.. Lol...
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megabertha

It is such a legend in the truest sense of the word , until I actually found it very few people knew of it's existence. Even those people who worked in the design dept at Luton where it was conceived thought it had been destroyed.
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The story of this vehicle is one of dreams smacked up with a big dose of reality. In 1976 the search was on for a replacement for Baby Bertha, the all conquering Firenza Super Saloon car as the Firenza/Magnum/Viva production was coming to an end. The two choices DTV had were the Chevette and the MK1 Cavalier Coupe. The decision was taken that the Cavalier would race and the Chevette would rally.
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John Taylor was the designer and several body bucks as they were called were made as you can see from the above pic some just lacked that certain something. The idea was to try and make the car look more relevant to the car you would buy from the showroom,ie no huge wide arches as per Baby Bertha . It was eventually agreed on this one and although not completely finished here the end result was a stunner.... Posted Image
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megabertha

Also under discussion was engine choice and because the engine in the production car was the Opel CIH (cam in head) unit it was being considered in a 2.5 turbo form. Gerry however favoured a V8 and not just any V8 but a Chevrolet /Reynolds all aluminium 8.2ltr big block. These units had been well tried and tested in McLarens Can-Am cars, usually rated at about 8-900hp in race trim and over 1200 for qualifying .At this stage Gerry Marshall was sent to the GM headquarters in the States on a sort of goodwill tour for Vauxhall and DTV, and had made lots of good contacts to aid DTV. It must be remembered that in those days GM as a worldwide company had a "No Motor Sport" policy unlike every other major manufacturer GM didn't see the advertising advantage that motorsport held. Ford on the other hand took full advantage of it and that is the reason everybody and their granny loves MK2 Escorts. DTV stand for Dealer Team Vauxhall it was the dealers themselves sponsored all the Vauxhall cars throughout the late 60s,70s and early 80's when it was taken over by GMDS General Motor Dealer Sport.
This left poor Bill Blydenstein always scratching around looking for money whereas the boys down at Boreham Wood just had to ask for another million quid and up popped the RS200.. As somebody who thinks Vauxhall cars of that period were aesthetically more pleasing than those Ford had on offer I'm not sore about this at all........... much.....really I'm over it.
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