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1969 Tecno Formula Ford Exclusive SOLD

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Serial Number: never assigned
Frame Number: never assigned
Gearbox Number: tbd
Logbooks: SCCA
Condition: very good
Price: $27,000 U.S.
Location: Northeastern U.S.
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Description

This incredibly rare and desirable Italian Formula Ford has achieved almost legendary status in the Northeastern U.S. Campaigned not in Historic Formula Ford but incredibly in SCCA Club Ford and Formula Ford the owner has won regional championships and placed in the top ten in Divisional points numerous times. All this in an almost 30 year old race car. The car competed in all three FF 1600 classes at the Lime Rock Formula Ford 25th Aniversary and made the podium in two classes and the top ten in the third! The car has over 120 races and is on it's fourth or fifth logbook. The current owner has had the car since 1973.

The car was the object of a ground up in 1994 in preparation for the 25th Aniversary meeting. Three of the photos show the car while undergoing this restoration. Despite it's strong showing against modern Formula Fords the car has not been at all updated and runs in effectively period trim save for safety equipment. It has accumulated a number of races since the last resortation but the owner is in the process of going through the car in preparation for sale. The car is accompanied by a wealth of spares. The car is a proven race winner against even modern Formula Fords. To our knowledge it is the only other Formula Ford design, besides a Lotus 69, that is adapted from an F2 car.

History

In 1969 the Italian racing concern Tecno, formed by the Pederzani brothers, was basking in their second year of domination of European F3. The compact cars produced by the firm were lineal successors to the original product offerings from the firm in the early 60s, a line of racing karts. Tecno had soon dominated European kart racing and expanded first into an F4 car and in 1966 produced the first F3 car. A 1967 F3 design was followed by a 1968 F2 design which was adapted for F3 from 1968 thru 1970. The F2 adapted F3 design proved utterly dominant, winning the European championship in 1968 and 1969 at the hands of drivers like Ronnie Peterson, Francois Cevert, and Reine Wissell. Cevert also scored Tecno's first F2 win in 1969.

It was in this climate that Skip Barber approached the Italian firm to build a pair of Formula Fords to carry him on his National Championship quest in 1970. He sent ace mechanic Terry Secker to the works to prepare two cars to Formula Ford specification. Two F3 cars were adapted and sent back to the U.S. The cars never carried chassis tags. Skip used one car to win the Runoffs in 1970, becoming National Chapion. The other car went to Gene Mason who ran it in 4 or 5 Formula C races and then sold it to the current owner in 1973. The car has been raced more or less continuouosly since.

Recent Competition History

Over 120 SCCA Regional and National races. Last three years finished 9th, 4th, and 5th in the Divisional Championship running as a modern Formula Ford. The car passes a current SCCA tech and was annual teched for 1996.

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