Great friend and stellar automotive literature collector, Alden Jewell, and I have been searching for information about the Banjo GT Sports Car for quite some time. It’s a quiet story that surfaces here and there as a car for sale, and the examples we’ve seen have been nicely done.
One of these cars now lives in Germany with a collector – a fine specimen of a car, and another one is currently for sale in Ohio – where it was born, bred, and built. I sent out info on that car yesterday via e-mail to all of you. But the story of the Banjo GT Sports Car intrigues me for several reasons:
- First, it appears to be an original design built in the 60s. By then most of the fiber-cars being built were clones of something else – mostly GT 40s, MGs, and other such similar designs. And while the Banjo has similar lines for the period, it is heralded as an original design
- Second, the brochure is nicely detailed with the history of the company and the name of the designer too – William Bruce Phillips. Who is he and is William still around?
- Third, the photos shared in the brochure show a story that is tightly reminiscent of the 50s – not the prefab kits of the 60s. A car whose “build” is out of place.
- Fourth, two versions were sold – a coupe and a roadster – and both are shown in the brochure
- Fifth…apparently no magazine articles were printed on this car. We’re hoping that’s not true, but by now the expertise of the “brethren of ‘glass” (that’s all of you) would have undoubtedly shared an article or story about this car. It’s been as quiet as a church here at fiber-ground-zero concerning this car and its history
- Sixth, who owned the Banjo GT sports car company?
- And Seventh….how and why was the name “Banjo” chosen?
So many questions to answer!
In the meantime, while we begin our work on the history of this car, let’s review the 12 page brochure on the Banjo GT Sports Car shared in detail by Alden Jewell. Thanks Alden!
Banjo GT Sports Car Brochure:
I’ve put in a call to the owner of the Banjo GT Sports Car for sale on eBay – Derek. Hopefully he’ll have additional information to share.
I’ve also e-mailed the owner of the Banjo in Germany. We may have to wait until next year to hear from him though – I received an “auto-reply” e-mail that he’ll be out through the end of 2014. Sounds like he may be on one of my summer “walkabout” adventures of his own. Should be a fun story when he contacts me next year.
Until then, hope you enjoyed the story, thanks again to Alden Jewell for sharing his brochure with us, and until next time…
Glass on gang…