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1994 - Superformance's 11th Mk-III leaves the Port Elizabeth,
           South Africa Factory...

The first 31 car numbers (1 through 31) were set aside for prototypes where the factory was trying different components and procedures before settling on the basic consistent production specifications most cars following car number 32 adhered to. Many of the prototypes used JAG IRS or For 9" straight axle rear ends. Round taillights were used on the prototypes like these. The first two prototypes 001 and 002 were trial builds and were supposedly discarded in the woods outside the factory and have never been seen since. Cars 003 through 025 were built. Some were exported and some remained in South Africa. Cars 026 through 031 were never produced. In all there were 23 prototypes produced and sold to customers. The prototypes were produced from 1992 to 1994. The first production car 032 was produced in 1994. This  car is one of these rare prototypes.

The 24th Superformance was created at the factory on in 1994 as a prototype and was released in 1996 as a production format, as the brand was still in it's early development stages. Much has changed since then and many improvements, upgrades and changes have been implemented since the trial prototypes were created. This particular car is confirmed to have a 351 Cleveland engine (very passionate choice amongst South Africans). The rearend is a straight axle with drum brakes, likely a ford 9". Wheels are not knock-off but 5 bolts with fake fiberglass knock off cover. The roll bar also does not have a rear tripod leg, where some prototype did not have any roll bar. 024 was originally listed by the factory as the "Blue test vehicle with a live axle." It was originally listed by the factory as scrapped, which as it turns out was not true. Thise car started out as the factory racing car, used in historic races in South Africa. The car was raced very little and in 1996 it was converted to its current S/C style and assigned a production format chassis number.  Thanks to Mike Stenhouse & Second Strike for additional information. Photos by Gianluca Tiepolo, Italy    www.superformance.org/supernews 

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