1964 Ford Falcon Sprint Coupé,
Lot 236
The ex-Bo Ljungfeldt, Monte Carlo Rally class-winning,1963 Ford Falcon Futura Sprint Coupe Chassis no. 4A13F125402
€150,000 - 200,000
US$ 200,000 - 270,000
amended
Lot Details
The ex-Bo Ljungfeldt, Monte Carlo Rally class-winning
1963 Ford Falcon Futura Sprint Coupe
Chassis no. 4A13F125402
Ford USA's foray into rallying in the early 1960s was part of its 'Total Performance' marketing strategy that would see it win Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500, the latter courtesy of Lotus, as well as bankroll the most successful Formula 1 engine of all time: the Ford-Cosworth DFV. Perhaps surprisingly, its chosen rally weapon was the Falcon Futura coupe which, although a compact car by North American standards, was huge compared to its European competitors. Confounding the pundits, who considered the car too unwieldy for European special stages, Bo Ljungfeldt and his Ford Falcon had an honourable 1963 Monte Carlo Rally finishing 42nd overall with 307 entrants. For the 1964 edition -with the car presented here today- he stunned the competition by winning every single special stage of the Rally. This is the only time this sensational performance was achieved, he would then win his class but unfortunately an unfavourable handicapping system that favoured smaller cars, would have him settle for second overall behind a Mini Cooper. He is still the only driver to have won all the Monte Carlo stages in a single event.
In October 2004 the ex-Ljungfeldt Falcon made its competition comeback in the famous Carrera Panamericana road race in Mexico driven by the Swedish team of Mats Lindén and Ralf Christensson. A former Swedish circuit racing champion, Lindén had restored the Falcon in 2003 and prepared the car to race standards before sending it across the Atlantic. The gruelling eight-day marathon was not problem free; first the ignition timing needed readjustment to cope with the high altitude while the air flow had to be improved to aid cooling. Then the Falcon lost fourth gear and the clutch burnt out, and all before the first stage had finished. It took the crew two days to fix the car, working day and night.
On the fourth day the Falcon began to show its potential, starting seventh in class and improving to second place after five days. The car finished the gruelling 3,000-kilometre event at the legendary 'La Bufa' stages third in class despite this being its driver's first attempt at the race. 'The car went like a dream,' Lindén said afterwards. 'I have driven many race cars but this one is definitely one of the best. It is rock steady on the road with lots of power since it only weighs 1,000kg.' Very conscious of saving weight wherever possible, the car was fitted with polyester doors, bonnet, boot lid and front wings even retaining its aluminium bumpers to this day.
We are advised that the Falcon is offered for sale in generally very good condition, benefiting from a recent service and ready to race. Noteworthy features include a 4.7-litre engine (as fitted from 1964 onwards), Borg-Warner four-speed manual gearbox, 6.50/6.70 x 15" tyres and an overall weight without fuel of 980kg (2,156lb). The tyres and battery are new. Offered with Swedish registration papers and technical inspection, some mechanical and bodywork spares, the ex-Ljungfeldt Falcon represents a rare opportunity to acquire an historic ex-works rally car with in-period Monte Carlo history, driven by one of the foremost stars of the day.

Dans le cadre de son programme « Total Performance » au début des années 1960, Ford choisit le coupé Falcon Futura pour disputer les rallyes européens. En 1964, la voiture présentée ici pilotée par Bo Ljungfeldt, remporta toutes les spéciales du Rallye de Monte Carlo, c'est à ce jour un exploit qui n'a pas été réédité, mais il finit deuxième au général à cause d'un système d'index de performance peu favorable à la puissante Ford et elle remporta sa classe. En octobre 2004, cette voiture réapparut dans la Carrera Panamericana mexicaine où elle arriva troisième de sa catégorie. Pour cette épreuve, elle avait été équipée de portes, d'un capot, d'une porte de coffre et d'ailes avant en polyester. Dotée d'un moteur de 4,7 litres (monté à partir de 1964), d'une boîte manuelle à 4 rapports, de pneus 6.50/6.70x 15 '' et pesant 980 kg à sec, équipée de pneus et d'une batterie neufs, elle est offerte avec ses papiers d'immatriculation suédois, un rapport technique et quelques pièces mécaniques et de carrosserie. C'est une rare opportunité d'acquérir avec la Falcon ex Ljungfeldt une voiture de rallye d'usine historique ayant brillé dans le Rallye de Monte Carlo en son temps aux mains d'un grand pilote.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the chassis number stamped on this car reads 4H13F125402 which corresponds to the original paperwork from the Alan Mann Racing Team currently in the possession of Peter Darley. The replacement chassis plate reads 4A13F125402 and thus more recent paperwork for this car carries this incorrect chassis number. Veuillez noter que le numéro sur le chassis de cette voiture est 4H13F125402 ce qui correspond à ce qui est noté sur les papiers originaux du "Alan Mann Racing Team" en possession actuellement de Peter Darley. La plaque de replacement sur le chassis est notée 4A13F125402 et donc les papiers récents comportent ce numéro de chassis erroné.
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