FORD Racing Puma rare Press Car 1999
This a unique opportunity to acquire not just a FRP but a very rare one. Seldom do you see one of the original press cars that were part the original press release of the FRP that was actually done in San Francisco. The choice of San Francisco for the launch was a follow on from the original clever Ford ad campaign featuring a CGI-imposed Steve McQueen driving the standard Puma car on the streets of San Francisco, Six of the first Tickford converted cars were registered by Ford in October 1999 with the number plates V1FRP through to V6FRP (these cars also had uniquely numbered inlet manifolds numbered FMC01 to FMC06) and these cars were then shipped by air to California for press use. These six cars differ slightly from the production cars in having a wider rear track and being the only FRP’s fitted with spare wheels these are however secured in the boot and thus restrict boot space they also feature fully colour coded engine bays unlike the production cars. The car offered here is V4FRP on manifold number FMC04. On its return from the USA V4FRP remained for a time in the Ford press fleet and featured in a number of magazine reviews. A study of the few magazine reviews that featuredV4FRP add to an understanding of its early life. The car featured in Performance Ford, Autocar and twice in Auto Express. The 2000 Autumn special edition of Auto Express ran a feature called the “Top 20 Best Cars to Drive” headlined as “THE GREAT RACE. Venue? Croft. Mission? To find the most fun-to-drive car around. On the grid? 20 top thrillers from £9,000 to £90,000. Which won? You’ll be amazed…” Amazed indeed as the winner was no other than V4FRP and the competition was very impressive. Copies of the magazines featuring V4FRP will be included in any sale. V4FRP was also autographed under the bonnet by the late Richard Burns, world rally champion at an event held at Castle Coombe. V4FRP has also competed in hillclimbs at both Prescott and Llysyfran for a short period.
So, what is a Ford Racing Puma. All 500 Racing Pumas were modified by Tickford from Cologne produced donor standard Pumas. On arrival at Tickford the body profile was changed by the addition of wider alloy front wings and extended steel rear arches secured over the original rear arches, wider front and rear bumpers were also fitted, this gave the cars their Puma on steroids look. Larger 17 inch Speedline wheels filled the new arches while disk brakes were fitted all round, the front being Alcon four pot competition items. Unique to the Racing Puma suspension was fitted to vastly improve the already legendary handling of the standard Puma. Under the bonnet revised camshafts, unique inlet manifold, individually numbered to the car, and exhaust system together with an ECU remap raised the power from the standard 126bhp to 153bhp. The standard gearbox was fitted with a shot-peened first gear. All the cars were finished in Ford Imperial Blue with the interiors retrimmed in uniquely coloured Alcantara with a pair of similarly trimmed Sparco seats neatly embellished with the Ford Racing Logo.
V4FRP as offered was serviced in 2020 by Melvyn Evans Motorsport at which time the 5 year cambelt change was carried out. Recently the front Alcon callipers have been totally refurbished and new brake pads fitted leading to squeal free brakes (something some FRP’s are prone to due to the use of competition type callipers). The car is also fitted with a rare Janspeed stainless steel exhaust system that replicates the original Janspeed mild steel system. Sparco pedals and sill protectors together with matching alcantara handbrake and gear lever gaiters are the only changes to the car that left the press fleet. A detailed history file containing many invoices, MOT certificates and interesting details accompanies the car.
The car has been dry stored for a number of years and only used sporadically. It has been in the vendors ownership since 2006 and regularly serviced and MOT’d it was briefly sold to a collector in Ireland but bought back 18 months later. It is a patinated original FRP that would make a significant addition to any serious car collection. The car has also just returned from a sympathetic refreshment of stone chipping and minor paint issues. The work was carried out by the renowned restorer Ian Davies of ID Auto Restorations taking great care to retain as much original patination while addressing area that get regularly stone chipped due to the increased track of the car. The car as offered is a solid low mileage, original, MOT’d and significantly valuable part of Fords heritage being a sibling of the FRP currently retained in Ford’s heritage collection.
The car has been valued for insurance purposes by the Racing Puma Club at £23000 where they quote:
The Racing Puma has increased significantly in value over the last 3 years with a good useable example commanding a purchase price of £14 – 15,000 and a concours example over £20,000
Due to the importance of this vehicle, its current condition and the heritage it holds, it is effectively irreplaceable as such we would value it at £23,000.
The car is currently located in west Wales and for further details on the car please contact Dave on the mobile number provided.
The asking price for this iconic car is the insured valuation of £23,000. No PX.
- Layout Front Engined
- Size 1.7L
- Aspiration Normally Aspirated
- Power 156 bhp
- Torque 162 lbs/ft
- Top speed 126 mph
- Acceleration 0 to 62 in 7.9 s
- Type Manual
- Gears 5
- Driven wheels Front Wheel Drive
- Type Petrol
- Economy 34 mpg
- Seats 4
- Doors 3
- Colour Blue
- Body type Hatchback
- Emissions 178 (g/km)
- Vehicle height 1,344 mm
- Vehicle width 1,674 mm
- Owners 7
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