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1978 Viking Formula Ford Exclusive SOLD

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Serial Number: VF78 #001
Gearbox Number: tbd
Logbooks: original SCCA
Condition: Good
Price: $11,000 $8,300 USD
Location: California, US
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This is serial number one of Arnie Loying's ground-breaking design which predates the Swift. One of the most historic US Formula Ford designs, not even a dozen were produced. One of the few designs which won it's Runoffs debut, it remains a competitive Formula Ford but is actually eligable for Spec or Club Ford in many regions.

The car needs some work to compete, but it is complete and assembled. With some minor work this car will be legal for competition. The car is currently driveable. To be legal for competition the car needs a fuel cell, current safety harness, and Tech Inspection. The engine is tired and could be rebuilt or better, replaced with a Loyning. All rod ends should be checked and a full four wheel alignment done.

In some Regions this car can run as a Spec or Club Ford, and would be extremely competitive. Tom Rust will not let this car run in the SF Region as Spec Ford. As a Formula Ford on Goodyear tires it has run a 1:36 at Laguna Seca, a more experienced and better driver could easily top this and run competitively in that class. This is the first "Streamlined " Formula Ford, and the basis for the cars in competition today.

The car was last driven at Laguna Seca and the left rear corner was damaged. The damage has been repaired, but the car has not been on track since.

Th owner is willing to provide partial or full delivery depending upon location. An 18' fully enclosed, tandem axle, trailer is available for $3500.


Famed US engine tuner Arnie Loyning and college professor Bob Erikson began the design of the Viking Formula Ford in 1976. A prototype, possibly this car, was unveiled in 1979 and first customer cars were delivered in 1982, the year the car won the Runoffs, driven by Bob Lobenberg.

The needle-nosed cars were very low, and bridged the design gap between the earlier Bruns ADF and subsequent Swift DB-1. Only five cars were built by the works before Arnie's engine business required his undivided attention. As many as six additional cars may have been built under various subsequent licensing deals but total production is under a dozen. A landmark design which is still highly effective, it has been banned from Spec or Club Ford in some regions, despite the fact that it is a half-outboard car. Some of the later cars, possibly the license-built ones, are full inboard, having rear rockers, and are classified as Formula Fords, where they are still highly competitive.

Recent Competition History

a few regional races in 1997


Fuel System

Oil/Water System

Electrical System


Final Drive





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