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ERA2131 - Jeff Martin's "red FIA" Ads from this Seller · Contact Seller
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jeffy 1026 Sat October 14, 2023
Asking Price Condition
$150,000.00 Excellent




Description: Built with passion to detail, "Jeff Martin's red FIA" has been a favorite of Peter P, Doug, John and the rest of the ERA crew since it was completed in 2011, perhaps because I rarely if ever "settled" on a particular element. Typically, I would not stop working on any part of the build until it was "just right." For example, the car was painted three times before I was satisfied with the paint and its application. The paint was AC Cars paint code 8, Rosso Chiaro, that was formulated into a two-stage paint by PPG, who had acquired AC's original paint supplier, Imperial Paint and Chemical. The proper two-stage formulation was then expertly applied by Walter at Connecticut Custom.

Similarly, the Weber carburetor setup and linkages were not "done" until I found the best vendor available, Jim Inglese. My car's fuel lines, linkages and setup are featured on Jim's website.

When done "right," Webers are genuinely "set 'em and forget 'em." They cold start the first time, every time if given enough gas.

The meticulous Dan Delena built the engine with all new parts other than a 1967 289 cubic inch Ford Fairlane small block, which was expanded to 331 cubic inches with a stroker kit. Included is a hydraulic roller cam, an Aviad Road Race oil pan, steel crank and DART Pro 1 aluminum cylinder heads. Transmission is a heavy duty Richmond 5-speed Road Race. Fifth gear is 1:1, with a 3:07 rear end. Here are some comments from the build thread:

"The combination of the 3.07 differential and the Richmond Road Race 5-speed is very good. The 3.04 first is just right: starts rolling easily but I still get a nice long pull. The 1:1 final probably isn't the best for cruising and highway gas mileage, though, but I knew that going in.

"Webers were nearly perfect. I tried but couldn't really find the transition from the idle to the main circuits, smooth all the way up. I could cruise at and smoothly accelerate from any RPM. No need to try to keep it in the main circuit RPMs (around 3,000 and above). Perfectly behaved in street traffic and a beast when let loose. And the sound as it winds up! I could listen to that all day!

"As far as wind goes, the car is pretty comfortable around 60-65, so the temptation to speed is dampened somewhat (almost got caught nonetheless!). Around 80, I wouldn't trust keeping a baseball cap on for very long."

Many will be surprised that few 289FIA replicas have authentic dashboards. Quite often the replica dash has a fuel level gauge, which the 16 authentic 289 race cars did not have. Typically the gas gauge on a replica's dash takes the spot occupied by the fuel pressure gauge on an original.

Even if the replica has a fuel pressure gauge on the dash, rarely is the face of the gauge period correct. For the sake of both convenience and authenticity, fortunately the last two 1964 competition cars built (CSX2557 and 2558) had a glove box built into the dash, which is where ERA's Doug tucked away the gauge. A vintage fuel pressure gauge is located on the dash of ERA2131.

Also, few know that the lowest to highest temperature ranges on the mid-1960s Stewart-Warner water and oil temperature gauges do not match the ranges on new S-W "replica" gauges. Why that is, who knows? I asked S-W, but couldn't get an answer. So, to be 100% authentic, I sourced either vintage or NOS gauges, typically off of eBay, that match the temperature ranges found on the gauges of the 1964 competition cars.

As documented in my "build log" posted in the ERA forum,

ERA2131 is equipped with all the ERA extras (outboard brakes, large radiator, etc.). A comprehensive list will be completed and posted in due course. The past winter and early spring, the car was completely refreshed at ERA, with all parts brought as close to "new" condition as possible through replacement or refinish. The exception to that rule is no professional paint repairs were undertaken on the dings incurred on the edges of the front end air-intake, see the attached picture. How far to go to remedy that defect, if at all, will be the buyer's decision.

The original invoices from when registered in 2011 total about $100,000, excluding the two extra complete repaints. The 2023 refresh totaled $18,500, excluding some professional paint repair Peter P insisted we do!

The Avons were replaced during the "refresh" and only have a couple hundred miles on them: essentially the trip from ERA to where I live in Manhattan and back.

After the refresh, I titled the car in New York State where it is registered as a 1964 ERA, VIN number ERA 2131! It qualifies for an historic plate, which it displays on the rear only, as allowed by NYS law. To inspect the car and arrange a test drive, just contact Peter P at 860-224-0253 and he will help you out.

You can reach me via text at 917-881-3201 for questions. I'm selling because I just don't use the car enough. The price has been determined by the closest comparable sale, that of ERA2066, in February on BAT. Of course, I am biased, but it's my honest opinion that on every aspect my car is as good as or a better build.

Prospective buyers need to know that this is a "fair weather car," meaning it does not have a heater, nor a defroster. Behind the dash it has an engine bay fire extinguisher. It also does not have the fittings required for side curtains, a collapsible top or tonneau cover. As a result, the door sills and rear deck have not had holes drilled or pins installed, a much smoother and, for me anyhow, far more pleasing appearance.

My current plan is to list it here and perhaps one or two other fixed price sites and, if the car doesn't sell within a few weeks at my asking price, I'll run an auction on BAT. If someone has a better idea, I'm all ears!

Cold start video:
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