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1972 Merlyn Mk20 AS Formula Ford Exclusive SOLD

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Serial Number: 398-FF-72 Mark 20 AS
Frame Number: tbd
Gearbox Number: tbd
Condition: basket
Price: $7000 U.S.
Location: Northeastern U.S.
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This Merlyn has all the makings of one of the most desirable and relatively rare historic Formula Fords. The chassis has remains of the obligatory "custom" alloy body and side rads which seem to be de rigueur for older club fords. Despite this the chasssis is in very good shape, all the corner parts are there and in good shape, and the steering and gearshift mechanisms are complete. The car comes with a complete Mk8 Hewland and a rebuildable engine core which has at least some uprated parts including carb and manifold. The car does not have bodywork but this is available from Merlyn (Colchester Racing Developments, in England) and some U.S. sources. Ths car is also missing a rad. The guages that are present are non-original. This is an excellent candidate for a restoration project.


Merlyn cars were produced by Colchester Racing Developments which is still in business and supports the older models. The company entered the Formula Ford scene immediately after Lotus and Alexis but with perhaps a superior product which gave them the lion's share of sales for their Mk11 in 1968. This F3 adapted machine's reputation was certainly not hurt by Tim Shenken's record of 33 wins from 38 starts! The Mk11A debuted in late '68 and was really just a production engineered Mk11. The 11A was followed by the 17 featuring a detachable nose, and the 17A. The Mk20 was introduced in late '71 and featured increased strength through larger diameter frame rails. The 20A was the 1972 car and despite its designation is considered almost a redesign and known to be a wonderfully balanced car.

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