Historic Motorsport Restoration Preparation & Fabrication

1965 Kincraft Formula Libre

Chassis No. FL-012-1
4.7l Ford V8
Hewland LG 500-2

1965 Kincraft Ford V8

This is the car made by Jack Pearce from Tipton, Staffordshire in 1965. He commisioned Lotus Designer, Len Terry and Lotus draughtsman, Martin Wade to design this one-off Formula Libre car powered by a 4,727 cc (289 cu. in.) Ford V8 using a 4-speed Hewland LG 500 gearbox. The car reputedly clocked up 58 race victories before being entered for the first F.5000 race at Oulton Park in 1969. Over the years it suffered from more than its fair share of knocks and crashes and has had a number of different incarnations, ending up with a bluff nose, rear wing and full width slicks.

The present owner has charged us to rebuild the car by removing the additional 1970’s mods and return it to its original 1965 form. It retains its original engine and gearbox plus the majority of its running gear and ancillary components. Its rebuild has been made all the more possible by the acquisition of the original drawings from Jack Pearce.

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