Company (GSM) was a South African
Company founded by Bob van Niekerk and Willie
Meissner in 1958. The Company was based in the
city of Cape Town and between 1958 and 1964, they
produced two fibreglass sports cars called the
Dart and Flamingo, but the story began a little
bit before this.
van Niekerk and Willie Meissner were looking for
a way to produce a good looking sports car, when
in England in 1956, Willie Meissner stumbled upon
fibreglass. The first body came out of the mould
in 1957, and was subsequently sold, which paid
for the moulds to be shipped back to Cape Town.
On 1st January 1958 the prototype GSM Dart made
its racing debut at Gunners Circle in Cape
Town. The Dart was equipped with the Willment OHC
conversion on the 1172cc 100E Ford Engine and GSM
was born. By the end of 1959, 41 further Darts
had been produced and sold to race enthusiasts.
for the car was shown in the UK, but before a
deal could be done, Bob van Niekerk and Willie
Meissner had to prove the cars credentials. John
P. Scott and his partners put up the money for
the parts required (engine, box axles etc) but
Bob van Niekerk had to assemble the car single
handedly in less than ten days to compete in a
race that the car had been entered in to. The car
raced for the first time on 18 April 1960 at
Brands Hatchs Easter Races and not only
finished the race, but Bob won the 1000cc class.
deal was done and the car was put into production
by GSM Cars, at a factory at West Malling in
Kent. The car used a variety of engines including
the 1500cc Coventry Climax and Ford Anglia 100E
and 105E units fitted into a ladder type chassis
with transverse springs at the front and coil
springs at the rear.
the engines developed (997 cc) 72 bhp at 7,000
rpm or (1,498 cc) 116 bhp at 8,000 rpm.
This gave top speeds of 112 mph (180 km/hour) or
125 mph (200 km/hour) respectively.
The first cars had a
glassfibre open two seat body fitted, which was
followed by a hardtop version at a later date.
This hardtop had an Ford Anglia 105E type reverse
raked rear window.
Dart name couldnt be used in
the UK though, as this was a trademark of
Chrysler / Dodge, so the name was changed to
Delta (mimicking Daimler having to
change the name of their Dart to the
|1960 - 1965:
(see below for No Built)
|Two seater sports
1172cc Ford Side Valve
1500cc Coventry Climax
116 GSM Darts were produced in South Africa
before production ceased in 1964.
does seem to be conflicting information about the
number of UK cars produced.
This ranges from 35 (Wikipedia) to 76 (GSM Car
Club) before the UK concern folded in 1961
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