The Tour de France 1964 Mustang #85
driven by Peter Harper and David Pollard
© Jeffry Harris, John Grant, Wolfgang Kohrn - November,2nd 2003, last updated Nov.10th. 2009
The DPK6B licenced Tour de France Mustang #85 finished the famous race second place with Peter Harper and David Pollard as a team. After the race it appeared in press publications witht the #83 of the winning Procter/Cowan car. You can identify it in TDF pictures by its bumper guards up front
Picture above courtesy Ford Media 100 years Motorracing
Bernard Cahier drove DPK6B for a week writing an article for Sports Car Graphics about the performance of this ex-TDF car. Here he pictured the car in front of the Tour d'Eiffel being on the way to a promotion photoshooting
Picture courtesy Bernard Cahier
The car being staged under the Tour d'Eiffel and attracting a lot of onlookers
Picture courtesy Bernard Cahier
DPK6B with additional front lights under the bumper on its way from Stockholm to Monte Carlo driven by Bosse Ljungfeldt
Picture courtesy Bjornar Djonne
Roy Pierpoint in the "Druids Bend" at Brands Hatch/UK 1965
Picture courtesy Peter Quinn
Roy Pierpoint winning BTCC championship after a team order for Sir Gawaine Baillie and a protest against Brabhams car
The History of #85The DPK6B licenced Mustang started its racing career in August 1964, after being shipped over in July by Ford to Alan Mann Racing Ltd. With the Tour de France starting on 11th of September, Alan Mann had not much time to modify the cars, but Ford wanted to see them winning, so time was no excuse and so was money. Alan Mann got all he needed plus more to get these cars up in front of the racing herd.
This car is the most famous of 4 Tour de France Mustangs, although it was the second placed one. A mystery? Not so. Although clearly visible with the door number #85 during the Tour de France races in 1964, Peter Harper and David Pollards Mustang appeared on most press pictures after the race with the winning number #83. There is a simple reason to that. Ford had ordered the Peter Procter winning TDF car back to Canada to the Comstock racing team immediately after the TDF in September 1964. When media asked for a test drive of one of the Tour de France cars, they simply put the winners door number #83 on the second placed car of Harper that was still available.
John Grant, an ex-mechanic of Alan Mann explained something interesting about the licence plate numbers to me in a recent interview: "Alan always had 3 letters up front and the last letter indicates the year - in this case B for 1964, A was 1963, C 1965 and so on. Those licence plates stay with the car for its lifetime typically."
So this is why we identify the Tour de France cars much better by their licence plates. DPK6B also accumulated in its history a lot more race miles than any of the other ones.
What happened to DPK6B after the Tour de France 1964?
First it went into the hands of Bernard Cahier. Bernard knew Alan very well and had been in his shop before, so once he met Alan at the TDF, he asked him for a test drive and Alan left him the car for a full week. His experience with the car appeared in a further Sports Car Graphic article in early 1965, that is published on our clubsite.
John Grant tells us more about the later history: "Roy Pierpoint drove the Harper car in the other races in 1964. This second car was sold to Roy Pierpoint in December 1964 and raced by him in 1965, where he won the BSCC. We turned this Ex-TDF Mustang into a race car for Roy Pierpoint at the end of 1964 and I worked on it later. Still Bosse Ljungeldt drove it as well in some races, especially the Monte Carlo rally starting in Stockholm and driving almost 4500 km down to Monte Carlo.
Jochen Neerpasch drove it as well at the Nuerburgring in 1965
Editors note: Alan Mann has been approached by several auctioneers in the past to verify ex-TDF Mustangs. Once they were assured that they can be clearly identified by some specific "welding signatures" nobody ever turned back with a car to be inspected.