1964 Allendale Motors "Barrier GT"
Allendale Motors is known nowdays as the horrificly Malaise car company that threw a seemingly last gasp with a turbo sedan in the 80’s called the Barrier Skylighter that somehow saved the company from ruin.
Before their post 1969 slide into big, beefy American sludge, were a range of sporting coupes and muscle cars that led to the anti-climactic 1968 Barrier with a wheezy 265ci V8 and 3 speed manual.
So one must ask, what drove the company downhill? It was, of course, an unsuccessful ASCAR program that saw the company lose focus on the cars that really sold, like the original Barrier and to a degree, the 1966 Barrier GT.
Built with the good 265ci V8, it was intended to batter the Barracuda on the race track and the showrooms, and then Ford came along with their Mustang, and the Barrier was quickly re-jigged as a luxury sport coupe that never cost enough for Allendale to make their money back…
Allendale had been making money on the side by selling V8 motors to Bamford in England, culminating in a 360ci race engine for a sports sedan project in 1975.
When Trans-Am first came along, Allendale approached Bamford for technical assistance in making their under-performing coupe a real weapon in this new category.
Sent along from Australia were two Ex-BRM mechanics who had returned home, Ken Rogers and Barry Phillips.
Ken and Barry would later campaign a range of unique trans-am and sports cars, Holden Monaros from Australia, Ford Falcon Sprints and a Shelby Cobra that saw the duo end up in a GT40 at Lemans in 1969.
So now you know their story, have a look at the baby they built:
The Barrier Trans-Am spec got a new diff, gearbox, bore-out of the 265ci to 304ci, fat tyres on some clean British made mag wheels, new shockers and leafs and a whole range of little tricks, like a suspicious vynil roof, brake scoops, and side-exit exhausts.
And it drove like garbage, admitting they knew little about chassis design at this point in their careers, the head of Bamford’s race team, Albert Brooks came over and helped the duo, but of course, this is years before any of the three become noted touring car mechanics, can three open wheeler boys actually make a splash in the world of Trans-Am?
Probably not, but we’ll have some fun watching the fires burn anyway!