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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1995 Merlin MP CN Prototype

Honda-powered racer with provenance


Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is this 1995 Merlin MP CN prototype race car. Manufactured by the French firm Marlin Poly Racing, this vehicle is powered by a Honda B16A2 1.6-liter inline-four mated to a Hewland four-speed racing manual. Equipment includes fire suppression system, tubular roll cage and Sabelt safety harness. Finished in white with black vinyl seat, this Merlin will include a binder of build details, a certification document, manuals, Italian and French technical passports, and bill of sale.

This one-off Merlin race car is chassis number 1 and was raced in Italy by Team Pomozzi. It features a white exterior with decals and sponsorship livery. Equipment includes dual black mirrors, side air intakes and rear wing.

Aluminum 13-inch wheels with red centers and polished lips are wrapped in 195/530 (front) and 250/570 (rear) Avon tires.

The single-seat cockpit is fitted with a black vinyl bucket seat with Sabelt Steel Series S6222 Formula 2×2 FIA harness. An OMP mechanical fire suppression system has been installed.

Instrumentation includes a digital instrument panel that displays the speed, revs and voltage. The mileage on the chassis is unknown.

The Honda B16A2 1.6-liter inline-four was serviced in the summer of 2022. The work performed included a full inspection along with the addition of new Motul racing fluids and oils. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a Hewland H9-3123 four-speed manual racing transmission and 2.846 rear gears.

The selling dealer has provided a video showcasing this vehicle participating in the 2018 Coppa Ugo Barone race, which can be viewed on the auction page. As a dedicated race vehicle, this vehicle is not legal for street use and is sold with a bill of sale only.

The auction for this 1995 Merlin MP CN Prototype race car ends on Friday, May 19, 2023, at 12:45 p.m. (PDT)

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.


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