After Peerless Cars closed their doors in 1960 Bernie Rodger continued to develop his design, the Peerless GT, now re-named `Warwick GT`. The car appeared little-changed at first glance. In fact the car had received two major revisions and one minor one. The space-frame had been reinforced, the dash-panel revised and a tilt-forward, one-piece nose replaced the old bonnet and wings. This remarkable innovation pre-dated the `E type` Jaguar by a year.
The car you see here is the Warwick GT works car ’75 RBH’. Road tested in period in 2-litre form, this car appeared in ‘Motor 1961 and was road tested by the great John Bolster for ‘Autosport (21st April 1961). Used as a development car by the Warwick company for the GT350 programme – the car was fitted with an all-aluminium Buick V-8 and described as a GT350 in the 1961 edition of ‘The Illustrated Book of Cars. ’75 RBH’ had the following competition history:
1961 RAC Rally
1961 Goodwood Motor Show Test Day – driven by Lord Strathcarron
1961 Silverstone 750MC 6 hour relay
1961 Brighton Speed Trials
1961 Brands Hatch August Bank Holiday Race
1961 British Empire Trophy
1961 Goodwood Whitsun Meeting (GT Scratch race driven by Bernie Roger)
1962 A similar car competed at the ’62 Sebring 12 hours in the United States
’75 RBH’ was discovered many years ago by the respected collector Hugh James, still in GT350 V8 form. Following a rebuild the car was debuted at the 2009 Goodwood Revival meeting, where it took part in the ‘Fordwater Trophy’ for production sportscars. The Warwick benefits from a recent repaint, a steering, braking and suspension rebuild, a new Helix clutch and a stainless exhaust system.
Offered with a full FIA Historic Technical Passport (valid to 2025), a UK V5 document, and a substantial spares package including many original parts (full list available), this is a truly unique racing car with a fascinating past but also a very bright future.