1964 JWF Milano GT MK1 The car was built by Dick Willis in 1963/4 and was the first Milano to run the 179 Holden 6cyl(300 hp to 450KG). It runs a MG 4 speed box with close ratio straight cut gears built by John Needham, puck clutch solid centre H/d Holden pressure plate, custom tail shaft, rear is Holden with big chev axles, HG Drum brakes rear, solid disc front. front suspension is custom Holden double wishbone, rear is coil over custom trailing arm set up, front and rear sway bars. Engine is full race spec blueprinted balanced, steel crank, star fire rods, big sump, roller rockers, big head, triple Webbers runs on av gas. It runs Lexan windows front rear and side, with a two piece fiberglass body. Comes with spares and various diff ratios. Car is in very sound overall condition, ready to race, normal wear and tear from track use. The cars restoration was completed in 1997 its was raced until 2002 and has been garaged since, the car is now race ready with the entire car overhauled and safety checked, all seals, brakes and other components have been replaced or refreshed. The cars documentation file is massive, letters from Dick Willis to JWF on the initial order of the body, right through to the interest from the factory in Dick fitting the Holden engine. Race results, Records, articles, photos, receipts, programs, letters from all the owners, restoration details and Cams correspondence is all included.
The below link gives a great overall history of the car. wwwbollyblog.blogspot.com.au/2009/04/another-milano-gt-179.html
Recent Competition History
First competitive event was a quarter mile sprint at Inverell where it took FTD, a promising start. However the Singer gearbox was hopeless and was soon replaced by a BMC B Series box fitted with close ratio gears, available over the counter from your friendly BMC Dealer, which was a great improvement and has stayed with the car ever since. During the remainder of 1964 and 1965 the Milano competed in every possible sprint or hillclimb in the northern NSW area, usually setting FTD and creating a new outright record at the then new nearby Grafton hillclimb. Early in 1966 Dick decided to move to Sydney to contest the NSW Hillclimb Championship, in which he finished second in the sports car section to Ron Thorpe's legendary AC Cobra, setting many class records and an under 40 at Silverdale, and finally beating the Cobra in the penultimate round at Newcastle's King Edward Park. Highlight of the year was winning the NSW Sprint Championships at Castlereagh, then a very prestigious event, against stiff competition with a time of 13.535 secs. At a previous Castlereagh drag meeting the Milano had narrowly defeated the Lister Corvette, later to become well known as VPP9. During the 1966 season Dick's Milano was never beaten by another Milano, a continual source of frustration for the JWF facoty cars. In adttion to this the car has consistantly won Historic races and was featured in the Great Aussie Specials exhibition. This car never fails to draws a crowd.
Class: GT M&O
Weight: 990 lbs
Engine Builder: Ken Mitchell
Type: Red Motor
Engine has run only in regularity and display events since rebuild