Some details by Ross :
History of: TS 75195 0, Engine no TS 75596 E.
Now Club Permit Registered - CH 1465
The birth certificate confirms it was built on 5 th May, 1960
I bought this car from Brian Richards on the 23rd July, 1988. Brian had owned it for some 12 years. During his ownership he rebuilt it to a very high standard, winning the TR Register's Concours in 1983, and 1985.
The early history is largely unknown, except it was sold by AMI, Melbourne, and first registered as HFG 431, on 10 th August, 1960. I believe the original owner was Charles Foundyler of Toorak, in Melbourne.
Brian told me he purchased it from someone in Canberra, and believed at some stage it was supercharged and raced. The supercharger theory was confirmed in 2010, when I was talking to I guy I knew in my Porsche club days, who said he fitted it for Charles Foundyler, around 1961/62.
I would dearly like to fill in the gaps if anyone has knowledge of this car. (My phone no is 03 9827 5234).
During the last 18 years I have competed in club sprints, and Historic Regularity events, and 6 Hour Relays.
Breaking the Crankshaft at the Historic Phillip Island Meeting in March 2004, was the catalyst for a freshen up of the chassis, mechanicals, and some body work. The interior is still in wonderful condition, thanks to the quality of Brian's rebuild.
The body was lifted off the chassis complete. The chassis was stripped bare, and sent for crack checking, welding in of strengthening gussets, sandblasting, and powder coating.
Meanwhile a second engine was built with much help from my friend, Mike Heaton. The specification was extensive and thorough, and vastly expensive, with all the good bits, but well worth it.
The original gear box was replaced by a TR 4 unit which was rebuilt by Geoff Kelly, and mated to the overdrive from the 3 syncro box.