In common with the big manufacturers the Walkletts felt the pinch of rising prices and a fall-off in trade during the early 1970’s. Sensibly they rationalised, rather than struggle on to possible disaster, by dropping the pretty little Imp-engined G15, disposing of the consequently uneconomically large Sudbury factory and returning to the Witham factory, where the Ginetta story began, to concentrate on production of the new Chrysler 1,725cc-engined G21. It was refined, practical, well-finished, was properly screwed together and was extremely attractive. Behind the wheel it felt very much like a Lotus Elan, with similarly inspiring handling and tenacious road-holding, yet it had more room, was more comfortable, quieter and felt much more solidly constructed.
The handling of the G21 was superb, fairly neutral, tending towards very enjoyable oversteer on the limit, instantly controlled by the very quick steering, a real Elan feature. The ride too felt very Elan-like, the spring rates being quite soft, so that the ride was good for a sports car, yet roll was very moderate. The live rear axle could judder minutely during hard standing starts, but there was no tramp or wind-up as such. Bad bumps taken at speed occasionally caused the rear suspension to bottom, however, though stability wasn’t impaired and ground clearance presented no problem. Those that purchased a G21 may have been driving the “poor mans Porsche”, but there was the added advantage of owning this very professional and effective specialist sports car, which sold for £2,598 in 1974, or £2,196 as the straight G21, at the time the latter was the cheapest specialist sports car on the UK market. This immaculate car was imported from the UK by the vendor a few years ago. On arrival, he decided to carry out a professional respray by Dino’s autobody. With only 180 examples built, this is car is not only unique and rare but makes for an exciting drive much in line with a Lotus Elan at a considerably lower cost.
The registration of the vehicle onto eNatis is underway and can be completed by the vendor at no additional cost.