The first Turner
models were produced between 1951 and 1966 by Turner Sports Cars Ltd, a company established by Jack Turner near Wolverhampton
, England. As well as complete cars, Turners were also available in kit form. The company closed in 1966 after the founder had a heart attack. The development cost of a completely new coupé model with a rear mounted Hillman Imp
engine, the prototype of which was far from complete, may also have been partly responsible for the company's demise.
Jack Turner had built a series of one-off specials and prepared racing cars from the late 1940s even building his own engines.The first cars for sale were based on one of the specials and consisted of a chassis, independent suspension units using transverse leaf springs and Turner's own alloy wheels. It was up to the customer to arrange engine, transmission and body. Eight are thought to have been made.
Turner A30 and 950 Sports
The first complete car was the A30 Sports a two seater also known as the 803 and using an 803 cc Austin A30
engine, transmission and suspension. The car featured a simple ladder frame chassis and open fibreglass 2-seater sports bodywork. As BMC would not supply components directly, they had to be purchased from dealers which increased the price of the car. In 1956, the uprated 948 cc unit from the Austin A35
was adopted and the model renamed 950 Sports, but, apart from fully... Read More