The ex-Alan Mann Racing,1966 Ford-Lotus Cortina Competition Saloon  Chassis no. BA74EU59035
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1966 Ford-Lotus Cortina Competition Saloon
Registration no. KPU 391C (see text) Chassis no. BA74EU59035
£ 80,000 - 120,000
US$ 110,000 - 170,000

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The ex-Alan Mann Racing
1966 Ford-Lotus Cortina Competition Saloon
Registration no. KPU 391C (see text)
Chassis no. BA74EU59035

* Identity confirmed by Henry Mann of AMR
* Extensive in-period competition history
* Driven by Sir Jackie Stewart, Jacky Ickx, Frank
* Gardner, Lucien Bianchi et al
* Off the road since the 1970s
* Presented in partially restored condition

Footnotes

  • 'KPU 391C' left Ford's Boreham plant in June 1965 as one of a batch of 11 pre-production cars for homologation with the new leaf spring rear suspension. The 'KPU' cars, as they became known, were split between Team Lotus, Alan Mann Racing, and Ford's own team. While Team Lotus focussed on the British Touring Car Championship, Alan Mann Racing concentrated on the European Touring Car Championship.

    To differentiate their Cortinas from the host of similar entries, Alan Mann Racing painted three cars with their now famous red and gold livery. One of those three, this particular car was found in an Essex lockup garage where it had been since 1978, in its partially restored condition and current white/green colour scheme. Of the other two: 'KPU 392C' is Sir John Whitmore's European Touring Car Championship-winning car, while 'KPU 390C' is in AMR's possession.

    KPU 391C may well have raced in 1965, Sir John Whitmore's KPU 392C certainly ran under Registration plate BTW 297B during the 65 season and it is highly likely that this car would have done so too studying the race results possibly as BTW 298B; however further research is needed at Alan Mann Racing. In 1966, 'KPU 391C' was successfully campaigned by legendary drivers Sir Jackie Stewart, Jacky Ickx, Frank Gardner, Lucien Bianchi, Bo Ljungfeldt, Peter Procter, Richard Attwood, Hubert Hahne, and Paul Hawkins (see accompanying list of race results). In 1967 the car was sold to Frans Lubin of FRAMI Racing in Holland, then moved on to Theo Schoonderbeek for the 1968 season.

    When 'KPU 391C' returned to the UK is not known, but by 1978 it was in the possession of one Keith Williams in Essex. It then went to a Terry Townsend from Romford, Essex where restoration stalled due to illness and/or age. The Cortina then passed to the immediately preceding owner, Cameron Spencer of Norwich, from whom it was purchased by the current vendor.

    Following painstaking research by its current owner, this car was identified as 'KPU 391C' by AMR's Henry Mann, and confirmed to be correct right down to an undisclosed bodyshell modification that was only carried out on AMR cars. Containing original race entries, invoices, and other paperwork, Alan Mann Racing's vast historic archive was studied, resulting in the discovery of copies of original letters from the Ford Motor Company to Alan Mann; letters to drivers confirming race entries stating registration and chassis numbers; and a letter to a Mr Ickx confirming a drive for his son, copies of which are included in the sale.

    The car itself is in 90% restored condition, although the new owner would no doubt return it to its correct red/gold livery and factory-correct leather front seats (apparently, the 'KPU' cars came with leather in place of production vinyl). The engine (block number '701M6015') is listed as 'something rather special reputedly from Ford Germany' and is said to have been rebuilt, which the current owner has no reason to doubt. It turns over easily, with compression, but a precautionary check is recommended. All in all a very exciting find and a car of great historical importance.

    Prospective purchasers should be aware there is another car bearing the registration 'KPU 391C', but Henry Mann confirms the one we offer is the original. The vendor and DVLA are currently in the process of returning the registration number to this car, and it is hoped that by the time of sale this process will have been completed. All in all a very exciting find and a motor car of great historical importance, that would almost certainly gain invitations to the worlds most desirable Historic Motor Racing Meetings.
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