In the Rough: 1960 GSM Delta Convertible

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This fiberglass body might look like a kit car, but it is actually a limited production sports car built in South Africa back in the 1960’s. The company, Glass Sport Motors, built between 150 and 200 of these lightweight sport cars before closing their doors in 1964. Someone began restoring this 1960 GSM Delta Convertible, but never finished it. It has been pulled from storage and is now being sold here on eBay.

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It needs just about everything, but most of the crucial parts come from a Ford Anglia 105E. Even though the 997cc straight four only put out 72 hp, the lightweight design allowed for a top speed of 112 mph and offered fantastic handling. Most of the Deltas built have some racing history and this one is no different. The seller even has its old log books. Finishing this restoration will take deep pockets or experience with fiberglass, but probably both. In the end, we are sure it will be worth the investment! Visit the Anglia Models Site to learn more about these interesting little cars.

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Comments

  1. Bob Manaton

    Almost a Sabre front from the ‘b’ pillar forward

  2. rich

    Glass made a cool looking 911 take off back in the day also. this one would be fun and can vintage race it also. As for the 109E they can be made to make some HP the one on my old Lotus Formula C car had maybe 110 or so, just need the right Cosworth parts and I still have a few. But this one is on the wrong side of the country like normal for me.

  3. Clay Bryant

    Those giant tail fins should keep the car stabilized as it breaks the 50 mph barrier.

  4. Stuart

    The Dart was GSM’s first production model.
    The car used a variety of engines including Coventry Climax and Ford Anglia 100E and 105E units fitted into a ladder type chassis with transverse springs at the front and coil springs at the rear.
    Later cars had a hardtop option which had a reverse slanted rear window which later Fords also exhibited.
    UK Anglias, and series 1 Classics,
    The Dart was also manufactured at West Malling, Kent, England by GSM Cars where it was known as the GSM Delta due to ‘Dart’ being a registered trademark of Chrysler, the Daimler Dart also had to be renamed.

  5. Bernie H

    I’ve been thru projects like this, you’re pockets are never deep enough to finish, and the same goes for the next three owners who try to complete it. When you’re finally done, its just an old chassis British Ford driver with minimal appeal. IT took three of these “easy” projects for me to finally “put my tail betwen my legs” and cut the losses, and I’ve got a full shop w/metal fabricating.
    I do hope it finds a good home or at least inside storage.

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