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  Ford F3L

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Country of origin:United States
Produced from:1968 - 1969
Numbers built:Three coupes, one spyder
Designed by:Len Bailey for Alan Mann Racing
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 19, 2016
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 Ford F3L, that beautiful car!  
Firstly, sorry I couldn't think up a less appropriate user name, everything I tried had already been used...

Anthony Pritchard in his "The Racing Sports Car"advises that most of the test driving was carried out by Denis Hulme and Frank Gardner, and that two cars were originally to have been entered in the BOAC "500" race at Brands; but problems resulted in a single car taking part, driven by McLaren and Spence. One other report that I now cannot locate, and did not give any detail, did say that "one car was to have been driven by Hulme and Masten Gregory" and I wonder if any record[s] exist to support whether this was the plan, and indeed whether Masten practiced , at Brands or elsewhere, and if so, how competitive he was...
I have been a Gregory fan since my first race, Silverstone in May 1958, when he won the big sports car race in his Lister Jag, and finished third in the [non-championship] F1 race. I will be delighted if any information will be forthcoming!

Thanks, Mike Plant
Teenage memories, my what a pretty car.
 It had a sibling in America, I think  
When I saw this car I thought immediately "it looks just like the Honker", a Can Am car. The Honker was a Can Am car developed by Ford for the Canadian-American Challenge Series. It was powered by a 351 cubic inch Ford push-rod V-8. In 1967 Mario Andretti campaigned the Honker II in the Can Am Series driving for Holman & Moody (a NASCAR team). One odd thing about the car was Paul Newman's name was painted across the nose! (see the pictures). It was an open top (as were most Can Am cars) and looked very much like the FL3. Could the Ford Honker have influenced the design of the FL3?

After it was retired in 1968, it appeared in the movie "Winning" driven by Paul Newman, who wrecked it. It was restored years later.

It was at Goodwood in 2005 (saw a photo on Flickr) and has been shown at the Amelia Island Concours.

Surprisingly Ultimate Car pages has a page devoted to the Honker and the text claims the FL3 is a coupe version of the Honker.

<A href="http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/car/870/Holman-and-Moody-Honker-II-Ford.html">Holman & Moody Honker II Ford</a>
 Spa 28.03.2012  
spotted this car at Spa last week. Is this the 002 chassis ?
 my god that's a pretty thing!  
snake bacon
I'd love to see it in action! Looks like the Ford Mark IV and the Ferrari 330 P4 had a baby
 Donnington Collection  
C-4 guy
I've always loved this car. The design and execution seemed like a worthy progression of the GT40. One of these beauties used to be in Tom Wheatcrofts' Donnington Collection. Thanks for the article Wouter. Very informative as usual.

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