1971 Trident Clipper Coupe

Courtesy of Bonhams

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 acquired by 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 fiberglass-bodied Clipper, though two late examples were completed with Chrysler units. It is estimated that Trident built approximately 120 cars of all models between 1967 and 1978.

This most attractive and unusual car represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire an extensively restored example of a rare British GT at a fraction of the rebuild costs.

Paul Hardiman

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Paul is descended from engineers and horse thieves, so he naturally gravitated toward the old-car marketplace and still finds fascination in the simpler things in life: looking for spot-weld dimples under an E-type tail, or counting the head-studs on a supposed Mini-Cooper engine. His motoring heroes are Roger Clark, Burt Levy, Henry Royce and Smokey Yunick — and all he wants for next Christmas is an Alvis Stalwart complete with picnic table in the back and a lake big enough to play in.

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