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Period photos of Warwick V8's


You might remember from my previous posts on this forum that I have been researching the "Irish built" Warwick/Peerless for a couple years now.  Significant progress has been made on this front including tracking down photos of the car in from of the Dublin Volkswagen factory (see attached).  As my effort progressed I started to research other Warwick V8's in order to put together a more extensive family tree.  In that regard I'm finding that many of these cars had unique traits based on order of production.  In order to further support my research I'm looking to gather as many "PERIOD" photos of these cars as possible.  

If you have any photos you are willing to share please post them here or email them to me at hjbolinger@aol.com.

Thanks in advance, 

Jim Bolinger

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great idea Jim and thanks for posting these. Please help Jim in anyway you can as this will help me and in general all of the P&W community and our history number1.gif



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Here's another shot of what I believe is the prototype car. It is a left hand drive V8 owned and driven by John Todd of New Jersey at the SCCA Nationals at Road America in late 1962. John was the "Student at Cambridge University who arranged for GM engines to be sent to Warwick" as noted in many of the marque histories. According to his brother, Dan who co drove the car at many events, the car was sent from the factory to the US in early 1961. It was raced extensively in 1961 & 1962 by the Todd's. The car ran at Sebring in 1962 but was a DNF with overheating problems.

From other shots I believe this was a converted 4 cylinder chassis. Note the early style hood scoops.Road America SCCA National 12.62.jpg

The next photo was taken in 1968 and shows the new owner, Robert Dean, who has recently purchased the car.  I believe this car was the third produced and according to Dan Todd was sent to the US in early 1961 in the same container as the Todd's race car.  This car is known to the club and has been under restoration in Virginia until recently.  It has switched owners and now resides in Europe where the restoration is being completed. The car is a red LHD car with wire wheels. Both Dan Todd and Robert Dean report the car as having black interior with red piping. 

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Here are some more photos of a V8 car. The second & third ones were taken by Motor magazine in the London area on October 11, 1961. They show a LHD car with wire wheels and a light colored interior. Interior shots of the car show 30 miles on the odometer. The car has the later V8 style bonnet but additional mesh type material added to the bonnet and scoop opening. I believe this and the light interior are unique to this vehicle which I believe is the fourth car built. Addition photos of this car (20 plus) can be found on the Rev's Digitial library site (https://library.revsinstitute.org/digital/). When you get there search for "Warwick GT" and you will see many shots of this car and a 4 cylinder car.

 

The first photo was provided by Dan Todd, the brother of John Todd who was a student at Cambridge University and made the deal with GM to get Warwick Buick engines.  It shows a V8 car which, according to Dan, was brought back by John when he returned from Cambridge in late 61.  The car appears to have the same grill material and other similar features as the car photographed months before in London. The registration plate also ties to the Greater London area in the correct time frame. Is it the same car?  I'm trying to get more photos from Dan that might show the interior to see if it's light colored.

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10.11.61 warwick road test photo 8.jpgrev_preview.jpeg



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