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1972 Royale RP16 Formula Ford Exclusive SOLD

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Serial Number: RP16-26
Frame Number: #26
Logbooks: SCCA since new in 1973
Condition: Good
Price: $9400 USD ($7900 as a Roller)
Location: New York, US
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This car is currently in race ready condition and campaigning as a Club Ford with the SCCA. It meets current SCCA safety specs with a higher dash hoop and forward stays having been fitted. It also runs aluminum side panels with the original side rad placment being moved lower into small pods. The original fibreglass side panels are still with the car and it could conceivably be back-dated to original trim for historic racing. The second action photo shows the car with the original rad location and fibreglass side panels. An interesting history makes restoration to original condition a real possibility. Currently running an original Cortina, the car is also available as a roller.


The Royale concern, originally an English company, is still in operation in the US. Royale produced the RP16 for 1972 and 1973. One of the first side rad cars it started at trend which was to continue to the present, earlier designs having relied on a traditional front rad placement. A competent interim car, it kept Royale afloat until they unleashed the all-conquering RP21. Royale US can supply original bodywork for this car for $1200.

The car was originally owned and raced by the winningest American Formula Ford driver, Dave Wietzenhof. It was his first Formula Ford in 1973. The car is mentioned on page 55 of The Anatomy and Development of the Formula Ford by Steve Nickless. The cars entire history is documented by a continuous set of SCCA logbooks from 1973 to the present.

Recent Competition History

3 races in 1997, twice as a Club Ford, once as a Formula Ford, (1:12.4 best lap NHIS).
5 races in 1998, one as a Formula Ford, (2:14.7 best lap Watkins Glen Long Course)


Fuel System

Oil/Water System

Electrical System


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