Ross Parker on 18 January 2023 (1 year ago).
Reg. no. W657 AVW
Chassis no. WF0CXXGAECYR13644
Engine no. YR13644
MOT: June 2023
Estimate: £20,000 – 25,000
The Ford Racing Puma could be considered a homologation special. However, unusually, the car was designed to commemorate Fords success with the car in motorsport as opposed to a competition car. It was a way of showing the world its motorsport technologies through a production-based car. With 1000 units planned, just 500 were ever built for the UK market with all conversions being carried out by the famous motorsport outfit, Tickfords between 1999 and 2001.
The stunning imperial blue colour of the Racing Puma really made the wider, aluminium factory arches stand out, but these builds were not just about looks. The cars weighing in at just 1174kg, sport an Alcon brake setup at the front, a stronger IB5 gearbox and shafts, as well as uprated cams, air intake and exhaust system. Despite only producing 155bhp from its 1.7 Zetec engine, the little feisty Puma still pushes from 0-62 in 7.8 seconds. The handling was left to Ford’s specialists at Boreham to fettle with a certain Stig Blomqvist reportedly spending a large amount of time helping the team refine the handling on the little coupe. In period the S1400 and S1600 rally cars were piloted by the likes of David Higgins and Sebastien Loeb as Ford further cemented itself in the world of motorsport.
This particular example has been kept as part of a rally family’s collection for some time and has only seen 1000 miles in the last 14 years; the V5C document shows just two previous owners. It has had some recent recommissioning work, the front bumper has been painted, and overall, the car remains in very original condition, having averaged just 3,500 miles per year. It is in good condition mechanically and the interior is in fantastic order with the Alcantara wheel and seats looking factory fresh. Every Puma Racing was numbered with this particular car sporting number 0318 on its manifold which is also reflected in its original owner’s guide supplement. The sale includes a large amount of history with original stamped service book, a large number of parts and service receipts, many of which are from PumaBuild and a current V5C document. This is a great opportunity to own a well-presented example of a limited build, motorsport based, Ford collector’s car.
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