We like to think that one day, perhaps when we retire from our day jobs, we may be able to collate and publish all the information held by owners. Watch this space. In the meantime, here’s a short summary.
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 also penned the Ford GT40.
They are today much sought after and very rare. Launched in 1966, the car was designed as a performance road car. It combined aspects of 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 71 Unipowers were produced between 1966 and 1970 in Perivale, London, UK. Most were built as road cars but a few were produced as racing thoroughbreds, appearing at circuits as diverse as Silverstone, Le Mans, Nürburgring and Watkins Glen, among many others. A few are raced to this day.
We think about 38 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.