1969 Caldwell D9 Formula ford
2 races on complete, frame up, restoration
Sold, May, 2021
If you are not familiar with the Caldwell D9 Formula Ford, these were highly successful, winning, cars in period.
It was a Caldwell D9 Formula Ford that won the very first SCCA Formula Ford National Championship title at Daytona in 1969. The Caldwell was driven by Skip Barber, and starting from last on the grid Skip and the Caldwell came up through the entire pack of the best Formula Ford cars and drivers in the country to pass another Caldwell D9 to take the lead and the Championship.
You can read more about Skip’s truly amazing championship-winning story in an article written by Formula Ford expert and author of The Anatomy and Development of the Formula Ford Race Car , Steve Nickless. The article appeared in the September, 2019, issue of Racer Magazine.
Below is a list of just some of the significant Caldwell D9 results:
1969 N.E. Division Championship – Skip Barber
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1969 Central Division Champion – Jim Clarke
1969 Southern Pacific Division Championship – Herb Brownell
1969 IMSA Inaugural Race Winner – Pocono – Jim Clark
1969 SCCA National Championship – Skip Barber
1970 IMSA Daytona Race winner – Jim Clarke
1970 Ontario Division Championship (CASC) – David Loring
1971 IMSA Daytona Race Winner – David Loring
1971 Shoppers World Pro Series Champion, Canada – David Loring
1971 Canadian East Zone – Jim Russell Championship – David Loring
1971 IMSA Pro Series Championship – David Loring
1971 Canadian National Championship – David Loring
What this partials list does not include are many other national and regional race winners, plus those Caldwell D9’s that finished the podium along with the D9 winners above.
The car offered here is an excellent, restored, Caldwell D9 Formula Ford (chassis 038).
It has brand new bodywork. It has a rebuilt Loyning engine (receipts available). The D9 has all new bolts and joints fitted. The fuel cell, fire system, and belts are all recently replaced and current.
Unlike many Formula Fords, the Caldwell will also happily accommodate larger drivers. It has raised hoops and an extended pedal box. These Caldwells are also strong and reliable. Torsional rigidity is over 50% stronger than comparable U.K. constructed cars of the period, which makes chassis tuning easier and more reliable as well.
Speaking of reliability, David Loring started 29 races in 1971 with his D9. He won 26, got two second place finishes, and one DNF. That’s impressive!
This Caldwell has been tested and raced just twice time since restoration by a pro shop. So no mysteries of a freshly restored, untested car here. It is ready to go for 2021.
This is a great, historic, American-made, Formula Ford that beat the best in period, and can run at the front of any Historic Formula Ford grid today. It is an excellent value at this price. You cannot replicate this car for near the asking price, and you can run at the front starting right now.
West Coast delivery of the car is possible.