1962 Tornado GT: Lucky Talisman?


Barn Finds reader Jim S uncovered this Tornado Talisman GT, located in Bowling Green, Ohio and offered for sale here on eBay. The buy-it-now price is $29,900 but they are also taking bids with a reserve. This is an extremely rare car with only 186 made from 1961 to 1964 in Rickmansworth, England. The car was originally a four-seater, but has obviously been modified for vintage racing by the famed “Beady Eye” Racing Team. A nine-year restoration shows in the nice mechanical and cosmetic condition. It’s powered by a Cosworth-tuned version of the famous “Kent” Ford 4-cylinder. A huge number of pictures are included in the auction listing, and while some racing wear is evident, the car was obviously restored to a very high standard. Although I can imagine it being fun for occasional blasts down the road, I fear that if this isn’t raced a great opportunity is being wasted. I know I’d love to race it, and the price seems fair for what is obviously an outstanding and rare automobile. But do you think it’s fair, and would you race it if you owned it?


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  1. Jeffry H

    This car was offered some time ago on BaT if i remember correctly. Still for sale?!

  2. Dolphin Member

    This guy knows what he’s doing, from picking a car to selling it. One of the best-done listings I’ve seen on Ebay or probably anywhere else. I wonder if its professionally done….it looks it.

    Overall shape is a lot like the Glas that was shown on BF a few weeks ago, with a Porsche 356 look to the back seat area. I really like what looks to be an engine-turned dash and especially the rotated tach.

    Looks to have been expertly converted for racing, which will limit its marketability to regular buyers. I hope it finds a good home and gets raced. It would be fun to see how it would do against competitors like improved MGBs and such. At a lot of circuits the RHD would be an advantage, and so would the small frontal area and good aero.

  3. 365Lusso

    Really like the vintage gas station background for the pictures. Perfect.

  4. PaulG

    Really cool car, and great ad. Click on other items for sale, this guy has some cool stuff…

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