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THE FRENCH LOWNDES LOOK-A-LIKE V8 SUPERCAR FALCON

V8 SUPERCARS have been sold to various parts of the world, but have you heard the one about the Craig Lowndes look-a-like Ford Falcon V8 Supercar in France?

The ex-V8 Supercar painted in a livery mimicking the famous ‘Green Eyed Monster’ of Gibson/00 Motorsport from 2001/02 has re-appeared this week after being placed on the market.

But this car, while at first glance appears to many to be an ex-00 Motorsport car, is not in fact one of those cars. However it certainly is an ex-V8 Supercar AU model Falcon.

The listed seller is Frenchman Christophe Tinseau, a long-time racer perhaps best known for his time in Sportscars.

He raced Formula 3000 and was a member of the Cadillac Le Mans Prototype program in the early 2000s, making a total of 12 Le Mans 24 Hour starts.

He now runs a track day business in France and this V8 Supercar has been used in more recent times as a track day car.

With an asking price of 120,000 Euros, (approximately AUD $180,000), the Falcon is advertised to come with a range of rims and tyres and miscellaneous parts.

But just what is this car?

We understand it is in fact the first of a handful of different Toll Racing Falcon AUs driven by Anthony Tratt, built by John Sidney Racing and debut by Tratt at Phillip Island in 1999.

Anthony Tratt at the helm of the Toll Falcon at Phillip Island in 1999. It replaced the ex-Seton EL he had raced the previous season. Photo: an1images.com / Andrew Hall.

The Victorian also raced it in the 2000 and 2001 Shell Championship Series.

1980 Formula 1 World Champion Alan Jones co-drove with Tratt in this car in the 1999 and 2000 Bathurst races.

It was sold and then raced by Tony Evangelou in the 2004 Konica Minolta Supercar Series before then heading to England to be raced by Adam Sharpe Motorsport from 2005 onwards.

The car was then sold off to France, with an in-car video of it running around Magny-Cours published on YouTube here:

More details on the car’s sale are available here via the Racecarsdirect.com website.

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