One Canadian Question Is Answered

My question about the G.S.M. Delta advertisement in Canada Track & Traffic has been answered.  Thanks to Fred Gallagher, David Scothorn, Gary Hamilton, and Darryl Hurter for providing information about this car.  I continue to be impressed by how much knowledge there is out there among the readers of this website.

G.S.M. stands for Glass Sport Motors.  This was a South African car manufacturer which appears to have operated from 1958 to 1964. The company was founded by Bob van Niekerk and Willie Meissner in 1958, who were in England at the time.  While in England they became aware of the potential for using fiberglass to build cars.  They worked with a South African designer, Verster de Wit, who helped them style their first car design and taught them the design process. Van Niekirk and Meissner then returned to South Africa and began to design and build cars.  The GSM Delta was one of the cars that they built.

The Yellow and Blue Cars Are GSM Deltas and the Two Red Cars Appear To Be GSM Flamingos

It appears that they also had a manufacturing shop in England as well.  At one point they were building 4 or 5 cars per week.  In England the G.S.M. cars were sold in a kit form and were assembled by the purchaser in order to avoid sales tax.  The Canadian advertisement suggests that the cars in Canada were being sold as assembled cars.

The cars used a variety of engines including Coventry Climax Ford Anglia 100E and 105E as well as a few fitted with Alfa Romeo 1300cc units nestled into a ladder type chassis with transverse springs at the front and coil springs at the rear. Cars had a fiberglass open two seat body fitted, but a hardtop was later available which had a reverse slanted rear window which later Fords also exhibited.  The two Deltas shown above obviously have hardtops furnished.

The chassis of the Delta is a ladder type with two very large diameter steel tubes having sub-frames front and rear to carry the suspension. Front suspension is by transverse leaf-spring with a single lower link and an anti-roll bar. Ford components were used wherever possible.

The rear suspension utilized a Ford axle which is well located by twin parallel trailing arms and an “A “-bracket, the springing, being provided by co-axial coil-spring/damper units.  Girling 8-in, drum brakes were fitted all round, racing versions having turbo tins.

GSM’s were mainly sold in South Africa and England although several seem to have made it to Canada. Apparently they had racing successes in Canada and South Africa.

Thanks to those who helped to solve this mystery for me.  If you have any comments or questions about these cars or this post, then leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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2 Responses to One Canadian Question Is Answered

  1. Gary Hamilton says:

    Steve:
    No credit taken here.
    Google is your friend!

  2. Susan David Warr says:

    Canada Track and Traffic has a Road Test on the Delta in one of the issues in 1962 I believe. I have gone through a bunch of issues looking for a Vaudreuil and came across the Delta.

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