|Above and below: if there is a prettier modern GT than the Aston Martin, in A M green, I don't know what it is.|
The "special relationship"--that is, sticking American V-8's into British sports cars--goes back almost as far as Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. Right after World War Two, Sidney Allard put a flathead Ford into his own chassis. Other Brits did the same for another 20+ years. Of course the most legendary transplant was done on this side of the pond: Carroll Shelby's Cobra. Then Walter Hayes of Ford of Britain funded the development of the Costworth DFV Formula 1 engine for Colin Chapman's Lotus 49, and put cam covers on it that said FORD.
|Above and below: a TVR with a small-block V-8 in it. This one looks to be an aluminum Rover (formerly Buick), but|
the Ford 289 was more common.