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Lot 605: Trident Clipper coupé

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

The Trident Clipper started out as a Trevor Fiore styling exercise commissioned by TVR and exhibited at the Geneva Salon in 1965. When the Blackpool-based sports car maker went through one of its many financial crises the Clipper project was sold to Bill Last, one of its dealers. Early Clippers used the TVR Grantura chassis before Last switched first to the Austin-Healey 3000 frame and then to that of the Triumph TR6 for the related Venturer and Tycoon models. Ford V8 engines were used for the glassfibre-bodied Clipper, though two late examples were completed with Chrysler units. It is estimated that Trident built approximately 225 cars of all models between 1967 and 1978. The left-hand drive Clipper offered here is one of ten fitted with the 289ci (4,727cc) Ford Hi-Po V8 whose 271bhp output is sufficient to propel the car to 60mph in under 5 seconds, through the quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 145mph (233km/h). It is the sixth Clipper built and was despatched new to International Motors in Austin, Texas. In 1988 the car was rediscovered and painstakingly restored by Peter Fino to 'better than new' condition. It was shown a Pebble Beach in 1996 and featured in Automobile Quarterly, appearing on the front cover in 1999. Finished in Ferrari Rosso Chiaro with black Connolly hide interior, this little-known Anglo-American sports car is offered with UK V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
Lot Number605
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€42000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€48300
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Chassis numberH3/271/676GT
Engine number1339 H16KC
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