Ford GT70

After great success with the Escort Mk1 Twin Cam driven by Frank Gardner, Alan Mann decided to close down his factory in Byfleet, Surrey to concentrate on other business interests. Frank Gardner decided to form a new company picking up where Alan Mann racing left off, he took Len Bailey with him and Dave and Bill were also offered the opportunity to continue their development work for Ford.

1969 Ford GT70

1969 Ford GT70

1969 Ford GT70

1969 Ford GT70

This new company was short lived, by the end of 1969 Frank Gardner decided he wanted to move back to his native Australia. Dave and Bill were in the middle of various projects one of which was the Ford GT70. The project was finished at Gomm Metal Developments in Old Woking, Surrey after Ford stepped in and gave Dave and Bill a place to work.

1969 Ford GT70

1969 Ford GT70

1969 Ford GT70

1969 Ford GT70

The Ford GT70 was designed by Len Bailey, it was the direct descendent of the famous Ford GT range of cars which won the Le Mans 24 hours four consecutive years running. The GT70 was a mid engined two seater sports car which had a steel fabricated box frame chassis and a one piece fibreglass body. It was powered by a 2.6 litre V6 cologne engine and 5 speed ZF transmission.

1969 Ford GT70

1969 Ford GT70

The GT70 was intended for rallying, it competed in several international rallies but Ford decided not to continue the production to concentrate on the development of the Escort.