The History of the Falconer Rebody

It has always been a question of mine on the true validity of the Falconer body on my Elden MK10C.  The previous owner had the car re bodied but the top cockpit is different from the original Falconer design. The reason was under Lee Stohr’s ownership he converted the car from an outboard suspension to front inboard with rockers and modifications were needed in the cockpit body panel to clear the rockers.

A few days ago Allan D. helped me inventory the spare body panels I have accumulated over the several acquisitions.  When I bought the 74 MK10C from South Carolina it came with Lee Stohr’s original body.  I have toyed with the idea of putting that body back on so Allan D. and I setup the panels and low and behold this is what we found.  The following pictures show what transpired:

picture 1

 

The first picture shows the Swift type nose cone Lee Stohr used and the cockpit, but with something missing.  Also note the rear engine cover very similar in design as the Falconer.

Falconer original vs as now

If you notice the original Elden Falconer Body work, copied from a picture on Race-Cars.com, there is a bubble in front of the cockpit opening, assume to deflect air over the drivers head.  By using Lee Stohrs middle section incorporating the inboard rockers the Falconer bump was eliminated.  I will say I wish I had the bubble as the wall of air off the nose is very annoying at 100 mph, trying to lift my helmet off!

So the mold I have is the final product of the current Falconer body style.  What is great I now understand the evolution of this cockpit body panel and the rest is original Falconer.

Fianl Falconer mold

Thanks to Lee Stohr for the picture of his car in 1980, and Race-Cars.com for their tremendous archive.

 

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