One hiccup during the rebuild was the gearbox. It was fitted with one of three prototype gearboxes that was known not to work in period – and so it proved in 2017. “The gearbox builder called me to say the good news is that the gearbox is in perfect condition, the bad news is that it doesn’t work,” says Tim. In went, a 6R4 gear set – which it presumably had during its competition years – and the transmission has been fine ever since.
So how does 8R4 compare with 6R4? “It feels identical in many ways as everything else is 6R4 other than the engine,” says Tim. “It’s extremely torque, much more so than the V6 but not as revvy. It gives the sensation of much better acceleration and you can’t really change gear quick enough.”
The car’s future now lies in outings such as FOS and other venues where the car can be seen in action. Tim runs Slowly Sideways, a non-commercial organisation that brings together old rally cars so they can be used and enjoyed. Head to the rally stage at Goodwood and you’ll see exactly what they’re about.
Photography by Tom Shaxson