There is, these days, a large amount of information about the Unipower GT – its origins, technical specification, manufacture and history – available from a wide range of sources. It can be found in historic contemporary articles, on various websites, blogs and discussion groups. We list some of those sources on the links page.
Rather than repeat the excellent efforts of those authors, the following is a potted summary description of the car. Please get in touch if you’d like to know more.
Chic and quick, the Unipower GT is the best production special that appeared during the 1960s. It was designed by Ernie Unger and Val Dare-Bryan, incorporating their considerable competition experience. It was drawn by Ron Bradshaw who drew also the Ford GT40. The car is today much sought after and very rare.
Launched in 1966, the Unipower GT production special was designed as a performance road car. It combined prevailing competition design and style of the era with high engineering standards and finish quality. It was constructed on a tubular space frame with fully independent suspension bonded to a high quality body moulding. This provided a light, rigid structure in which a BMC ‘A’ Series transverse engine and transmission was mounted in a mid-engine configuration. Body and spaceframe were manufactured by leading Formula One fabricators of the era. It was trimmed to a high quality standard by Wood and Pickett.
It’s currently believed that 72 Unipowers were manufactured in the UK between 1966 and 1970, mostly as road cars. A few were produced as racing thoroughbreds, appearing at circuits both nationally and internationally. A very few are raced to this day.
It’s thought about 40 of the total production survive with only a few on the road – fast and fun. If you see one, stop and look – it may be while before you see another.