Car Catcher: The Concours MK 1, a Car Designed and Developed by Actor Dean Fredericks

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Dean Fredericks may be known for his work in television and film in the ‘50s and ‘60s, but did you know he also designed a car? Called the Concours Mk 1, the concept behind the car was not too unlike the contemporary Shelby Cobra, the main caveat being Fredericks developed the car’s body in-house, where Shelby had to rely on AC.

Despite looking promising on paper, however, only three were ever said to have been built, thanks to few buyers, limited marketing funds and a price tag of around $7000 when new—approximately $58,400 in today’s money.

Powered by 215-cubic-inch Buick V8 backed by a Porsche four-speed transaxle, this 1963 Concours Mk 1 is the very first example built, retained by Fredericks for most of his life. In 1989, the Mk 1 was modified to compete in vintage racing. The “modifications that could very well have been done in period” included a side-exit exhaust, additional air intakes and ventilated disc brakes on each corner. In 1991, the Concours was titled for street use and participated in a number of vintage racing events until 2013. Most recently, in July of last year, the car received $2200 of work that included fluid replacements and a new battery.

Finished in a white and maroon two-tone exterior over a black interior, this 1963 Concours Mk 1 is available through Fantasy Junction for $139,500.

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wspohn
wspohn SuperDork
2/9/21 9:54 a.m.

Hmmm....the nose look strangely familiar.

Aha!

 

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