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Details about  TOYOTA COROLLA SPRINTER KE17 MEL MCEWINS RACECAR of forty four years


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AU $25,000.00
Approximately C $25,537.21(including shipping)
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Mel McEwin is well rusted on to Australian Race Archives as second only to Lex Davison and Garrie Cooper  in achievements and remarkable racing feats of endurance and skill .

 His successes at Albert Park , Lameroo, Mallalla, Longford, Collingrove Hill climb , Adelaide International etc  etc , adinfinitum , positions him as one of Australia's true racing legends .

 His successes in the Tornado Corvette ( in which he reached a Land Speed record for the flying mile ) , Elfin Mono, Lotus 26B , Jaguar , Formula 5000  Matich and his intrepid racing KE15 TOYOTA SUPER SPRINTER is etched in history held by C.A.M.S and the Sporting Car Club in South Australia .

In 1970 he took one of his newly delivered factory built Toyota Super Sprinters (SL ) from the factory floor of Mel McEwin Motors at Murray Bridge and commenced a heroic racing history using said car in Touring car class racing and then, more records were achieved in Hill climb and circuit racing of all types .

The Corolla became a staple in his racing stable of cars and remains there to this day after forty four years of faithful service .

 Quoted from the man himself  as hitting 8000 rpm in fourth gear it was actually quicker than the factory A.M.I.  cars of the same era .

 It also cracked a world record time for its class at the legendary Weapons Research Dragway in South Australia over a quarter of a mile at the time .

The number of wins,places and records broken is all  at the two sources as mentioned ; and can be retrieved.

This log- booked vehicle is now emminently suited to HISTORIC RACING with its  unparalleled racing provenance.

Of equal importance is the fact that it is  ONE OWNER RACING CAR tightly held by the racer himself for this long period .

 It is ABSOLUTLEY original  left in a patinated condition . Remarkably it was never race damaged , and of course ,  due to its  life long cossetted garage life it has not rust deterioration to any of its structure .

 It still retains its original racing motor featuring many internal factory racing components , cams etc along with the original cage and slicks on original fitted mages.There is a plethora of race components to be available with the sale such as factory LYNX inlet manifolds ( brand new with tags still on them )  factory race extractors, Weber carbs, spare engines etc etc .

 It has been dry stored for many many years by the the aging road legend, and , up until now he  has determined never to part with it .

 Practicalities make it available for the first time in 44 years for a discerning and knowledgable enthusiast to secure a significant piece of Australia's  early racing history direct from the original owner racer .

 Whilst I am favoured to conduct the sale on his behalf   he will make himself available for any questions relating to it's history and spec to the ultimate new owner (s).

 Be assured this is a most genuine sale of a much treasured car in original condition.

 Racing livery having been regularly changed over the years is now absent.

However a very very large amount of memorabilia right down to the racers own performance notes made at the tracks will go with the car along with the original log book number and all media documented wins and other discussion pieces and items regarding McEwins plethora of race successes not only in the Corrolla , but the Elfin Mono ; the Land Speed record car ; the Tornado ,  but many others as well .

There is even the official video now converted to dvd of the LAND SPEED RECORD being run and an interview with McEwin straight after the successful attempt  at Lake Eyre in South Australia  in 1961 ......along with the certificate itself !


We respectfully ask that you seriously consider your position before inquiring, as this is a genuine sale of a very, very rare race car, and memorabilia assembled over a lifetime of a successful motor racing career by the owner  .

 Ebay is not a chat room and we again respectfully ask that matters relating to your observations , opinions, and rememberances are not being sought at this time.

 We merely are wanting to find the car's next owner .and the new  keeper of this unique folk history . 


  Historians , commentators. and other experts are cordially asked to keep their distance .

The price is fixed and firm and is quite modest given recent sales of almost similar cars ( but not histories ! )


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