Lot 279: Ford Mustang Competition Coupé
Ford created a new class of car almost overnight with the introduction of the Mustang sports coupé part way through the 1964 season, catching the rest of the US auto industry off guard. Brainchild of Lee Iacocca - subsequent saviour of the Chrysler Corporation – the Mustang is one of the most remarkable automotive success stories of modern times and arguably the pinnacle of his long career with Ford. Aimed at the affluent young, for whom a car was as much a lifestyle statement as means of transport, the Mustang succeeded brilliantly, achieving sales in excess of a quarter million by the end of '64. This remarkable debut was followed by a staggering 524,791 sales in 1965, earning Ford a fortune. The Mustang would enjoy a lengthy and often glorious competition career, commencing not long after its introduction when two works-entered cars finished 1st and 2nd in class in the 1964 Tour de France international rally. In the USA the Mustang first made its mark on the drag strip, where a 427ci (7.0-litre) engined example won the NHRA's 'Factory Stock Eliminator' class at the 1965 Winternationals. On the racetrack, Carroll Shelby's modified GT350 Mustangs were the dominant force, winning five of the SCCA's six divisions in 1965 and the B-Production tile again in 1966 and '67. Across the pond, Roy Pierpoint drove a Mustang to overall victory in the 1965 British Touring Car championship and in more recent times this quintessential American 'Big Banger' has been a mainstay of historic saloon car racing. This particular example was imported to the UK in 1991 and race prepared to 'Appendix K' specification by Allan Lloyd, who won the FIA Championship with it. Subsequently the car has been prepared by John Freeman Racing and raced with considerable success in the Masters Series driven by Richard Oldworth and Rob Hartley. The Steve Warrior-built 4.7-litre engine has 15 hours use from a 30 hour rebuild cycle and the gearbox 15 hours from a 50 hour cycle. A new single-plate Helix paddle clutch has just been fitted. Offered with current HTP papers, this racing Mustang has been comprehensively overhauled since its last outing and is ready to race in the Masters, the Spa 6 hours or the Goodwood Revival.
Goodwood Festival of Speed|
Bonhams, Chichester, Goodwood,UK
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