Chassis 30/08 was ordered by Hong Kong born British driver David Prophet who used it all of 1966 season with varying success. It was exchanged for a Ferrari 250 LM one season later. Swedish racer Picko Troberg bought it from Prophet (who passed away just before this sale) and entered it in the Swedish domestic sports car championship. In order to be homologated for this series, the car had to have windscreen wipers and a luggage compartment. A higher windshield was installed along with the required wipers and Troberg, who was sponsored by the Swedish post office, attached two large letter boxes to the rear of the car as the required "luggage compartment" and as an advertisement for the post office. These modifications allowed the car to qualify for the series. It quickly acquired the nickname of "Mail-box car" or "Postbilen".
Troberg sold the car at the end of the season to fellow racer Esso Gunnarsson who continued to compete with the car in 1967 and 1968. He then raced it occasionally until the early 70s. Gunnarsson kept the car as it was, until he sold it to its current owner in Örebro. The latter has maintained the car since and had a superb restoring job done on the engine in the 2010s. Even though its racing history stopped in the 1970s, the car has been seen at exhibitions and on race tracks for exhibition runs continuously up until recently. It was always kept in good working order and has a continuous history from day 1. It has never disappeared from the public eye.
This must be one of the most original M1Bs in the world today. The Swedish racing community is sad to see the car leave the country as it is a real piece of Swedish motoring heritage. The car is eligible for many Worldwide series and could have taken part in Goodwood this year had this sale not come in between. It also requires new FIA papers as it has not done any historic racing.
29.4.1966 Tourist Trophy David Prophet DNF
14.5.1966 Silverstone International David Prophet 8
28.5.1966 Grovewood Trophy David Prophet 11
9.7.1966 Martini Trophy David Prophet 9
16.7.1966 GP Brands Hatch David Prophet 7
14.8.1966 Wills Trophy Croft David Prophet DNF
29.8.1966 Guards Trophy David Prophet DNF
30.4.1967 SM Picko Troberg 1
21.5.1967 SM Velodromloppet Picko Troberg DNF
23.6.1967 SM Midnattssolsloppet Picko Troberg DNF
2.7.1967 SM Dalslands Ring Picko Troberg 4
6.8.1967 SM Västkustloppet Esso Gunnarsson 2
30.7.1967 GP Djursland Esso Gunnarsson DNF
13.8.1967 Kanonloppet Esso Gunnarsson 4
20.8.1967 SM Skarpnäck Esso Gunnarsson DNF
24.9.1967 Stockholmsloppet Esso Gunnarsson DNF Banrekord 7,44
1.10.1967 Aspern Esso Gunnarsson 5