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Ex-Alan Mann racer shat­ters records at Good­wood

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nick Larkin

A1968 Ford Es­cort with a su­perb racing his­tory across three con­ti­nents has smashed auc­tion records. It sold for £203,100 (in­clud­ing pre­mium) at Bon­hams’ Good­wood Mem­bers’ Meet­ing sale last Satur­day (18 March).

Reg­is­tered XOO 347F, the car is one of the six orig­i­nal Es­corts Ford loaned to the Alan Mann Racing Team in 1968 to com­pete in the Bri­tish and Euro­pean Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onships.

It was of­fi­cially a spare car but saw some ac­tion with Jackie Oliver driv­ing in events. It once fin­ished in front of cham­pi­onship-win­ning sis­ter car X00 349F at Brands Hatch.

Af­ter the 1969 Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship sea­son ended chas­sis no. BB48GP18167, was re­turned Ford’s Boreham Mo­tor­sport HQ.

In 1972, Don Moore ran the car in UK na­tional races as a test mule for the Cos­worth’s BDA en­gine.

The fol­low­ing year Alec Poole pur­chased the Es­cort, now fit­ted with a new fuel-in­jected 1800cc BDA unit, and shipped it to Guyana in South Amer­ica. Poole raced the car in 1974 and sold it on to Harry Watkins in ‘75. In 1977 it went to Trinidad and was shipped back to the UK in 2010.

A sub­se­quent owner, John Mitchell, car­ried out a metic­u­lous re­build of the car to orig­i­nal 1968 Group 5 spec­i­fi­ca­tion, and its prove­nance was cer­ti­fied by Alan Mann him­self. It’s also no stranger to Good­wood, with Alan’s son Henry driv­ing the car at the Fes­ti­val of Speed back in 2014.

Bon­hams’ spokesper­son Poppy McKen­zie Smith says: ‘ We were very ex­cited to of­fer such a his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant car, es­pe­cially as so many of these Es­corts were de­stroyed in ac­tive ser­vice.

‘The ma­jor­ity now re­main in mu­se­ums or pri­vate col­lec­tions, so very rarely are they of­fered for sale on the open mar­ket.’

XOO 347F has led quite the life. Af­ter Alan Mann Racing was fin­ished with it, it was raced in South Amer­ica and the Caribbean.

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