1987 JBA Falcon - Built to High Standard - Recomissioning Project SOLD
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RMC Classics are proud to be marketing this car on behalf of Don Humphries, the owner and builder of this fantastic JBA Falcon kit car. It’s very unusual to see one of these cars built to such a high standard and it offers a unique opportunity to anyone interested in undertaking a minor recommissioning project.
This example was featured as the multipage centre-spread feature in Which Kit Magazine, in June 1988, where they described the car as being ‘what must be the most superb example of a JBA Falcon ever seem’. I don’t think they are wrong! The car has been painstakingly built by a professional engineer, who has laboured over every last detail – anyone viewing the car will immediately be able to see the quality and forethought that was put into the build. Don was also Secretary of the JBA Owners Club for a time.
Due to advancing age, Don has decided that the time has come to let go of his beloved car and allow someone else to recommission it and use the car as it deserves to be. Whilst it has now been unused for a number of years, it has been stored very well and the car has not deteriorated a lot at all. I would suggest that with a major service, a brake overhaul, some new tyres, some hoses, and a bit of fettling, the car would be returned to the road with ease. If you’re looking at this advert, I’m sure you will know the figures that are being asked for these cars in a good working condition so this offers a very affordable step onto the ladder - it would be an ideal simple ‘DIY’ project for an enthusiast – and if the time came to sell it, I’m sure you’d be able to recoup all of your money and much more. Cars with this clear quality of build rarely appear on the market and are sought after across the globe!
The bodywork is in very good order – panel fit is particularly good, and the doors shut with a nice ‘clunk’. The Hawaiian Blue paintwork is very good, having been painted by Bentley-trained painters. Obviously it’s over 30 years since the car was painted so there are a few minor defects, chips etc here and there, but very little to worry about at all. There is no spidering on the fibreglass anywhere that I can see – it’s excellent quality stuff. Bolt-on wire wheels are fitted all-round and are in good order – but again, not perfect. A removable luggage rack is fitted very cleverly at the back of the car, along with a detachable tow bar – all easily removed if the new owner wants to put their stamp on it. The bumpers could do with re-powdercoating as they are getting rather flaky! The chassis is rock-solid and I can’t see any issues anywhere – you’ll see that the front crossmember and suspension etc has been well-cared-for and could be made squeaky clean again with ease. The car has clearly had a very easy life!
The interior is particularly special – the dashboard, door cappings etc were veneered by an ex-Rolls Royce craftsman so remain in absolutely stunning condition. Triumph gauges have been recalibrated and used instead of cheap kit-car units, so add to the classy look. A Moto Lita steering wheel is also fitted. The car has clearly been professionally trimmed, so carpets, door cards etc look sublime. A matching centre console has also been produced, which looks fabulous.
At the rear of the cockpit is a built in storage system, beautifully crafted and houses lockable boxes which have carefully mounted tools, along with a cassette drawer! At the time of building, the car was fitted with a top-of-the-range pioneer removable stereo, which is included – not to mention a push-button security immobiliser!
The hood is fabric, and in good order, with all clips etc present. It’s very easy to fold. Don has also created a rather ingenious wind-stop which also incorporated some sun-visors – it’s this level of detail that really makes the car something special. A factory hardtop (unpainted and never fitted) is also available to the buyer, complete with windows etc.
The car is fitted with a Ford Pinto 2.0 from a Cortina, along with Lumenition electronic ignition, Janspeed manifold, 13-row oil cooler and two Pierburg eccentric fuel pumps.Obviously, because the car has not run for a few years, it would be sensible to give the engine a major service before attempting to start, but it turns over freely by hand. The engine was rebuilt with a new camshaft at the time of the build, and was running well when put into long-term storage.
I would imagine, to get it to an MOT standard, you would change the timing belt, go through the braking system, fit new tyres and you probably wouldn’t be too far off. Of course, it would also be sensible to renew the coolant hoses, fuel lines etc but these don’t look too bad. I have not connected a battery to check the function of the electrical circuits, but I doubt there will be any major issues. I think the immobiliser will need to be removed (an easy job!) as Don currently cannot remember the code!!
The car is correctly registered on the V5 document as a JBA – again, so many of these cars are incorrectly registered. Correct registration of these kits is paramount – there are many cars around which are still registered with their original donor car’s details, which becomes a big issue if the car is involved in an accident, or if it’s exported to another country, etc.
All in all, this car would prove to be a fantastic investment for any buyer. Don is very keen for the car to go to someone who will really appreciate and get as much enjoyment from the as he did. Values of these cars continue to rise so this recommissioning project offers a unique opportunity to a buyer looking to get their foot on the ladder in the kit-car world, for very little outlay. As it’s not a freshly-built kit, the level of patina is also really good and quite frankly adds to the charm and character.
Serious enquiries only, please. The car is being sold as a restoration project, without warranty. The car must be viewed and inspected before purchase! RMC Classics Ltd are acting on behalf of the owners and accept no responsibility for the car once purchased. The car is stored at our premises in Manchester and can be viewed by appointment only. The price is as stated, inclusive of VAT – sensible offers will be passed on to the owners for consideration. The funds must be cleared before the car can be taken away.
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