For those would-be historic racers who have a desire to race in the glamorous arena of historic Sports Prototypes, this Ginetta G12 holds the door wide open in terms of accessibility and practicality. Ginetta G12/3 is the third car built and was raced in the early part of the 1967 season by Peter Creasey who was to win the large capacity class of the 1967 Motoring News GT Championship in his 2-litre G12 (G12/21). The Ginetta G12 was a natural progression from the all-conquering G4 – a small front-engine GT that won prolifically in the hands of talented drivers such as Chris Meek. But development in those days was rapid and every constructor was racing to win, so much so that modifications were seen on cars literally on a monthly basis. Thus Ginetta went from a front-engine design to an innovative mid-mounted engine configuration, one of the first production-led constructors to do so.
Ginetta’s brave new G12 design featured a tubular steel spaceframe featuring a centre body/cockpit section bonded to it for extra strength, with removable one-piece body sections front and rear. The front suspension comprised proven Triumph-derived uprights and double wishbones and coil springs. The rear end featured the classic arrangement of single upper transverse links with lower reversed wishbones, radius arms and coil springs. Front and rear anti-roll bars were fitted with Triumph Spitfire-sourced Girling disc brakes being mounted outboard on all four wheels, the latter of which were commonly 6in or 7in magnesium alloy Minilites. Steering was by rack and pinion.
Thus, apart from the engine location, there was nothing too remarkable to the G12 make-up, yet its immediate success trackside, however, was anything other than ordinary. “It was magic right from the start,” commented G12 designer Ivor Walklett. “We did a bit of testing and it was obvious we had something very special”. Chris Meek and Willie Green stormed through 1966 and into 1967 demolishing the established opposition of Divas and Lotus 26Rs, which were beaten hollow by Ginetta’s new missile. Paul Ridgeway went on to claim the 1150cc class of the1967 Motoring News GT Championship series, with no less than seven G12s dividing the 1150cc-1650cc category, while Peter Creasey claimed the big-capacity prize in his 2-litre Coventry Climax-equipped example. The success story also spread to Europe where Ginetta G12s majored on both International circuit and hillclimb events.
G12/3 had a short period racing history, being crashed in the early part of 1967 by Peter Creasey who kept the damaged car and replaced it with G12/21 and went on to win his class in the 1967 Motoring News GT Championship. Creasey subsequently sold G12/21 and his crashed G12/3 to Cheshire Sports Cars who sold both cars on to Ian Higgins as late as 1975. Higgins was to keep G12/3 until September 2012, when he sold the now repaired chassis of G12/3 to the current vendor. (These transaction being confirmed in the car’s history file). The rebuild of G12/3 was entrusted to the highly talented race preparer Ian Macdonald to rebuild. Once the rolling chassis of G12/3 was completed, a brand new Gathercole Lotus/Ford 1600cc twin cam engine was fitted, mated to a rebuilt Mk.9 Hewland transaxle. The now gloriously rebuilt G12/3 was proudly debuted by the vendor and Ian Macdonald in the 2013 HSCC Guards Trophy Series. In 2014 Macdonald raced it with Mark Godfrey in most rounds of the HSCC Guards Trophy, finishing second in class in the Series. (Best result was Croft, finishing 8th o/a and 1st in Class, less than a second off the leader’s fastest time in a Chevron B8 – a more than creditable achievement against a later genre car). The 2015 season saw Mark Godfrey (a novice driver) racing G12/3 solo in the HSCC Guards Trophy Series.
The engine was refreshed by Rapier Engine Services at the beginning of this 2015, and the gearbox rebuilt. The car has done 8.5 hours on track since then. G12/3 car has the new-system HTP papers, issued in 2015 and valid through to 31st December 2025. These papers are listed for FIA Period GR (1966 – 1971) in FIA Class GTP1, which allows this car to be run at any International event worldwide. Rarely does such an adaptable and proven historic race cars come onto the market with such provenance and authority at such an accessible cost. If your wish is to enter premier historic racing events, look no further! A key entry to International Historic Racing. 2015 HTP papers (No: 38080) valid to 2025.