Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Tornado Talisman

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

As is always the case at the Goodwood Revival, the pre-1972 car park is as much of a show as the show itself, with all sorts of rare and unusual treasures to unearth. Take this odd little thing, for example - it's a Tornado Talisman, a fibreglass 2+2 coupe based on a tube chassis. There's a 1,500cc Ford pre-crossflow with twin Webers under the bonnet, independent suspension all round, and it's one of around 60 Talismans (or should that be Talismen?) that were built in 1962. Production only ran from '62-'64, with 184 cars in total being built, so it was interesting to see four of them in a row at the Revival. This one was arguably the most eyecatching as, despite being a little rough around the edges, it's clearly spent a lot of time being used enthusiastically. Also, I just love the side-exit exhaust that pops out ahead of the rear wheel. Cheeky.

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