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1969 Merlyn Mk 11A Formula Ford Exclusive SOLD

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Serial Number: tbd (has plaque)
Gearbox Number: tbd
Logbooks: SCCA, RCCA
Condition: excellent
Price: $16,500 U.S.
Location: Northeastern U.S.
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Description

This pristine Merlyn 11A has had an almost complete professional restoration. The history of the car is known since nearly new. The car has it's original dash plaque. The owner had been racing the car in club racing and decided to perform a complete restoration for historic racing. That restoration is nearly complete and the owner has lost interest in racing. The bodywork is fitted but is in primer. The car is plumbed but need some wiring and guage work but is otherwise complete. With a few weeks of work it would be a stunning example of the marque. The car could be completed for the new owner with paint work to specification for an additional fee.

The restoration work was performed by a well-known Eastern prep shop well versed in formula cars. The car was completely disassembled and every componenent renewed or replaced. The original chassis was considered too damaged to economically repair so a complete new chassis to original specification was commissioned by Curtis Unlimited of California. New bodywork was obtained from the U.S. CRD distributor. All suspension components were replated, the gearbox gone through, and a fresh engine installed. Aircraft hardware was used throughout and all bearings replaced. Rod ends were replaced as needed. The engine is an uprated built by a front running U.S. Nationals team who successfully built thier own engines. The car sits on the proper steel wheels with fresh Dunlops.

History

Colchester Racing Developments (CRD), the constructors of the Merlyn line of race cars, were able to dominate the first full year of Formula Ford in 1968, due in no small part to Tim Shenken's string of 33 wins from 38 starts. The 1968 Mk11 was a little modified Mk10 F3, adapted to the brand new Formula. The 1969 Mk 11A was a productionized version with a value-engineered smaller windscreen and slightly simpler bodywork. The 11A continued to dominate in the '69 season and made a name for the marqu which persisted into the early 70s. It is safe to say that the Merlyn is definitely the weapon of choice for pre-70 Historic Formula Ford. Incidentally, the constructor, CRD, in still in operation and provides spares for the older models.

This car was imported to the U.S. when new. The first 2 or three owners are known. It has apparently raced continuously in the U.S. Northeast until the current restoration was begun several years ago.

Recent Competition History

SCCA Club Ford, RCCA

Engine

Fuel System

Oil/Water System

Electrical System

Gearbox

Final Drive

Body

Chassis

Interior

Spares


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