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1957-1961 ROCHDALE GT specifications

1957-1961 ROCHDALE GT specifications Classic and Performance Car

Rochdale made a success of supplying bodies for the specialist car industry. Its glassfibre shells were found adorning a number of specials – so much so that it started making full cars. The best selling GT (a coupé version of the Rochdale F racing body), was designed specifically to work with Ford Popular running gear. It was an advanced design, with sleek styling, a curved windscreen, and doors and bonnet that came ready fitted. One of the main bonus of the coupé roof was the lack of chassis flex – a lesson learned for subsequent models.

Production

  • Production:
    1350
  • Price at launch:
    £140
  • Price (excellent)
    £6,000
  • Price (good):
    £3,250
  • Price (average):
    £1,850
  • Price (project):
    £500

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    23.6secs
  • Top speed:
    85.0mph
  • Power:
    36.0bhp
  • Torque:
    52.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    35.2mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, torsion bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live axle, coil spring
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Weight:
    650kgs

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