Spitfire ADU 4B Le Mans

Commission number (1964) X727, engine number (1964) X935E, registered 01.06.64. Described in prototype department build sheets as 'Le Mans No1'.

ADU 4B is the only complete survivor from the four 1965 Lemans cars, although ADU 3B's bodyshell survives in France, and there are still sufficient parts left from ADU 1B, ADU 2B, and ERW412C used by the ex factory race/rally driver Bill Bradley to build a complete authentic car. Bill was given these three cars to race privately (with factory support) after the factory stopped racing Spitfires.

ADU 4B as revealed when removed from container at Felixstowe after arrival in the UK from the USA in 2004. Picture courtesy of James CarruthersADU 4B as revealed when removed from container at Felixstowe after arrival in the UK from the USA in 2004. Picture courtesy of James Carruthers
ADU 4B 1965 Le Mans pre race and the late great Harry WebsterADU 4B 1965 Le Mans pre race and the late great Harry Webster
Le Mans 1965Le Mans 1965
ADU 4B Sebring 1965 (Peter Clarke works mechanic to right of image)ADU 4B Sebring 1965 (Peter Clarke works mechanic to right of image)
ADU 4B Sebring 1965 Pit Stop Picture courtesy David E Feuerhelm David's father Duane drove 4B at Sebring in 1965ADU 4B Sebring 1965 Pit Stop Picture courtesy David E Feuerhelm David's father Duane drove 4B at Sebring in 1965
ADU 4B at the Swiss Hill Climb Mittholz - Kandersteg Sept.1965 Thuner at the wheel first in his category (Picture courtesy Daniel Senn)ADU 4B at the Swiss Hill Climb Mittholz - Kandersteg Sept.1965 Thuner at the wheel first in his category (Picture courtesy Daniel Senn)
ADU 4B at the end of the 1965 season with the drivers from the Leyland Triumph Swiss Racing Team. On the right is JJ Thuner Swiss Championship winner 1965. (Picture courtesy Daniel Senn)ADU 4B at the end of the 1965 season with the drivers from the Leyland Triumph Swiss Racing Team. On the right is JJ Thuner Swiss Championship winner 1965. (Picture courtesy Daniel Senn)
ADU 4B showing hasty repairs following accident whilst in Switzerland in the 1980'sADU 4B showing hasty repairs following accident whilst in Switzerland in the 1980's
ADU 4B in the USA in 2002 whilst in the custodianship of Vern Brannon (929 HP Le Man TRS behind) Picture courtesy of Howard BauguesADU 4B in the USA in 2002 whilst in the custodianship of Vern Brannon (929 HP Le Man TRS behind) Picture courtesy of Howard Baugues