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1966 Elfin 400

Racing Past Presented by Shannons Insurance.

Elfin’s first large sports car was the Type 400 of which just four were built, each with a different motor.

The 400 was very successful especially in the hands of Frank Matich who proved unbeatable in 1966 winning the Australia Sports Car Championship.

Car # 12
Engine: 5000cc Ford V8
Driver: Mark Goldsmith

This vehicle was initially fitted with a 4700cc (289ci) Ford Cobra V8 but quickly upgraded to 5000cc.

This car, chassis #BB661 was delivered to Globe Products owner, Dick Bassett for Noel Hurd to drive.

The car was also used as a running test-bed for a prototype Quad Cam Ford racing engine that Globe were developing.

Keith Rilstone took over the the drivers position, then Stan Keen who had great success.

In 1972 Tasmanian Max Thompson campaigned the car predominantly on the Isle where it underwent further body changes.

After a major accident the car was sold locally to Bert Howard who returned it to the Elfin Factory for repair.

Whilst there Garrie Cooper upgraded body pontoons and chassis to the 80’s style.

In 2014 Mark Goldsmith returned it to Adelaide.

Over the next 4 years it underwent a complete strip-down and returned the chassis design, body, and fit out to its 1966 origins.

Even the colour is back to the original chosen by Dick Bassett to match his Jaguar at the time.