Turner 950 Sports

1960 Turner 950 Sports

Offered by Bonhams | Goodwood, U.K. | April 16, 2023

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Jack Turner’s sports car company operated in Wolverhampton, England, between 1951 and 1966. One of their early models was the 950 Sports, which debuted in 1956. Turners were sold as turn key cars or in kit form.

The 950 Sports was very similar to the earlier A30/803 models except that it had a 948cc inline-four lifted from the Austin A35. It also had hydraulic brakes with optional front discs. The body is fiberglass, and this one is from after the 950 redesign of 1959, and it kind of resembles an Austin-Healey Sprite.

This one has period racing history and was restored in the 1980s/1990s. It now has an estimate of $30,000-$42,000. Click here for more info.

Update: Sold $15,483.

Turner 803

1957 Turner 803

Offered by Silverstone Auctions | Birmingham, U.K. | November 12-13, 2022

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Turner Sports Cars was founded by Jack Turner in Wolverhampton, England, in 1951. The company stuck around for 15 years, building turn-key and kit cars featuring fiberglass bodywork that could be paired with Austin, Triumph, and Ford mechanicals.

The 803, also known as the A30, was the first Turner product. It utilized a ladder frame and the engine, transmission, and suspension from an Austin A30. Most of these had 803cc Austin inline-fours, but this car got 948cc unit from the Austin A35. This car was actually the prototype for the Turner 950 Sports, which would duplicate its drivetrain setup when it went on sale shortly after this car was produced.

This car was restored in the 1990s and had a successful vintage racing career thereafter. It’s now got a pre-sale estimate of $23,000-$34,000. Click here for more info.

Update: Sold $22,285.

Turner Mk II

1961 Turner Mk II

Offered by Silverstone Auctions | Silverstone, U.K. | May 16, 2012

Photo – Silverstone Auctions

Jack Turner opened his sports car business in 1951 and quickly started production on small British sports cars such as this 1961 Mk II. The company produced sports cars similar to MGs (the first car was a re-worked MG) and the like. Six different models were available until the company closed (voluntarily) in 1966. They could be purchased as full, complete running cars – or in kit form.

This is a Mk II, of which about 150 were produced (a fire burned the factory records) from 1960 until 1963. Front suspension was based on a Triumph Herald and engines options came from Ford, Austin and Coventry Climax. This particular car as a 1275cc A-Series straight-four from BMC – the stalwart of tiny British four-cylinders.

Turners are rare cars – only 317 are known to exist, their locations split almost evenly between the U.S. and the U.K. with the U.S. having a handful more more. They are quite attractive (especially with those awesome Minator or Minator-esque wheels) and when was the last time you saw one? The pre-sale estimate is $22,500-$29,000. For the complete catalog description, click here. And for the rest of Silverstone Auctions’ Spring Sale lineup, click here.

Update: Not sold.