Model - G12
Appearance - Sports racer
Power plant - 997cc Cosworth SCA/2.0l Coventry Climax FPF/Lotus t/c
Further details - The success of the G4 and G4R on the race track led Ginetta to explore new directions to continue to be competitive in the GT class of racing. The G12 was their answer, radial for the time it featured a square tube chassis but with the engine mounted behind the driver in front of the axle. Beating the Lotus 47 and Chevron B8 to the tracks by some months Chris Meek took the G12 prototype to a first time out win at Mallory Park in July 1966. Willie Green followed in his new G12 fitted with a 997cc Cosworth SCA engine, taking class wins at almost every race he entered in the second half of that season. This paved the way for a number of G12’s racing very successfully during 1967. Sold less engine and gearbox owners fitted engines from 997cc to 2000cc with the Lotus twin cam being particularly popular, transmission was by a Hewland transaxle unit. Such was the pace of development in racing that the G12 had become outclassed by 1968 and production had virtually ground to a halt by the beginning of 1969. In the early 70’s a number of G12’s found their way onto the highways providing an exciting if not very practical road car. Ginetta revived the model in 1990 for the Japanese market where sales were strong for a while.
Cost - £1225 (less engine and gearbox)
Production - 29 (between 1966 and 1969)