Lot 208 - 1975 Formosa 120 GR Long Wheelbase
|Odometer reading||650 miles|
|Result||Sold - £13,584|
The Formosa 120 GR Long Wheelbase was inspired by the racing cars of the 1950's such as the Jaguar C Types and Aston Martins. Whilst not a replica, the Formosa captures the style and qualities from the era. The car was created with the help and guidance of an ex-pattern maker and laminator who had just retired from Sunseeker Super Yachts and also had a background in creating fibreglass race cars and Hot Rods. A man by the name of Glan Richards (GR). Over a period of approximately ten months he shaped and created a bodyshell that had all the features he liked from various cars of that bygone era but the design didn't lean heavily or replicate any particular marque or model, thereby avoiding all the copyright and patent issues that replicators can have problems with.’ A standalone car that was immediately recognisable as a 1950's race car. In the same way that builders of old chose to use existing donor chassis and running gear from the classic marketplace, he chose to do the same. By retaining the majority of the donor, minus bodyshell, he could retain the car’s classic status, registration, chassis number, etc... for him this was vital. Still a true classic car just wearing a different coat!
Driving experience is that of a 1950's racing car, a raw, wind in the hair, firm ride accompanied by a glorious exhaust note from its V6. This pretty sports car was recently assembled with over 1000 hours spent in doing so, in 2021 from the ground up using a refurbished and powder coated 1975 Scimitar GTE chassis. The mechanical components were inspected prior to installation onto the newly powder coated chassis. The brakes were refurbished and new brake lines were fitted together with new brake servo and master cylinder. Finished in Connaught Racing Green, powered by the great and refreshed 3.0 Ford Essex V6 with reconditioned heads, new water pump, new alternator, new electronic ignition system, new coil and plugs, mated to a Mazda RX8 five speed gearbox. It has black leather seats and a new aero screen. It has refurbished 15” knock on wire wheels, new lights, leather bonnet and boot straps, stainless steel petrol filler cap, new wood steering wheel and it has an aluminium panelled boot large enough for a couple of small suitcases or soft bags. Its twin double exhausts provide the backdrop sound when being driven swiftly and, with its evocative looks and lively performance, this 1950s style sports car is just great fun! The car comes with a UK V5C and is correctly registered with the DVLA, also benefitting from full ‘Historic’ status, tax and MoT exempt. It's worth noting that the car will accommodate larger drivers – the current owner being 6' 2", 17 stone and fitting with ease!