1963 Ford Falcon Monaco Sprint Two-Door Saloon Racer
Serial Number: ZE 1045 4H13F 125400
Price: $90,000 USD "including spares"
DescriptionThis car was stripped to the bare chassis, steam cleaned and wire brushed down to bare metal. Everything has either been replaced or refurbished to new specs. Complete detailed specs of this project are available by request via fax.
Enthusiats old enough to remeber the 1960s invariably recall the decade's saloon car racing with nostalgic affection. Grids were varied to a degree almost unimaginable today. Grand Prix drivers of the caliber of Stirling Moss, Jim Clark and Graham Hill appeared regulary in tin-tops, while the introduction of the mini and, later, the Lotus Cortina made for some of the closest and most exciting racing of any sort ever seen in the UK. But of the many significant developments, the arrival of American heavy metal on the British scene is the one that created the biggest stir.
Jack Sears' Williment entered Ford Galixie was one of the first to demonstrate that American cars were not just about straight line speed, though they possessed that in abundance, and then in mid-decade the Ford Falcon established itself as the car to beat in the big class. Perhaps surprisingly, Ford chose to debut the Falcon Sprint in rally guise in Europe where, despite its not inconsiderable bulk, a number of highly creditable results were achieved, including second place in the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in the hands of Bo Ljungfeldt.
After the Rally a number of car's remained at Alan Mann's premises and it was soon realised in 1965 after the new regulations introduced by the IA/RAC for the British Salon Car Championship had been issued that the Falcon could be a winning car over the Mustang due to the weight advantage gained by its use of lightweight panels. Brian Lewis who was Alan Mann's top engineer became involved with the project and six cars were converted to race spec including the first driven by Sir John Whitmore who recorded the first 100 mph saloon car lap at Silverstone. At the same time Alan Mann Racing prepared and entered another for Frank Gardner in 1967 in which he won that year's Championship. A third car was purchased by privateer Roy Pierpoint-who had won the 1965 Championship in a Mustang-and prepared with assistance from Alan Mann. Extensive research involving conversations with Alan Mann, Brian Lewis, Roy Pierpoint, Ken Foster confirms the car is the Roy Pierpoint car and was used by Graham Hill on the Monte Carlo Rally (Alan Mann's chassis records indicating that 4H13F125400 was the Graham Hill car).
Benefiting from a comprehensive restoration undertaken in 1996/97 it has been restored to 1960's spec though updated where necessary to comply with current FIA safety regulations. Wherever worn-out components-brakes, calipers, wheels, etc., have been replaced, the originals have been retained. Since restoration the car has entered twelve races over three years winning eight and placing second or third in the others. There can be no more eloquent testimony to its reliability and speed.
The vendor advises the engine and gearbox were rebuilt in 1998 by Mass Engineering since when only three races have been completed, the bearings and valve gear having been checked over afterwards. Offered ready to race, in the right hands it must surely be a certain winner in historic events today. This most important racing saloon comes with a folder containing FIA Historic papers, write-ups, and results both from the 1960's and of recent date. FIA regulations of the 1960s, information from Alan Mann Racing, details of the restoration, engine dyno test figures, various spares including wings, doors, bonnet, boot etc. together witth an information sheet on the other race-converted Falcons. Also a video of the car in the 1960s plus numerous photographs etc.