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Make: Chevron
Name: B26
Year: 1974
Description:

We have the pleasure to offer for sale the ex-Tony Cicale Chevron B26. While Tony Cicale may not be that well known this side of the Atlantic, he is a legendary race and championship winning engineer held in high regard in the U.S.A..

Derek Bennett, founder of Chevron Cars Ltd. was a brilliant engineer who started to build race cars in the late 50ies in a shop in North England where he quickly developed a name for himself. He could develop a brand new car in a remarkably short time but he rarely found that a fresh design was really necessary. This was certainly the case in the middle of the 1973 season when the latest Chevron B23 was no match for the Lolas and Osellas. So, Bennett decided that a clean sheet design was needed to regain competitiveness. Shortly after he was found testing the brand new Chevron B26.

What set the B26 apart from its predecessors was the aluminium monocoque. Previous Chevron sports racers had used a reinforced spaceframe design that was first used in the B6 of 1967. The new monocoque type chassis of the B26 offered similar rigidity but weighed less. Just as on the earlier cars a separate front subframe was used for ease of maintenance or replacement in case of accident damage. Adapted to the latest low profile tires, the front suspension was carried over from the final evolution of the B23 while the rear suspension was derived from the B25 Formula 2 single seater. In addition, the B26 benefitted from a simple wedge-shaped body and an integrated rear wing.

This B26, chassis B26/74/05, has continuous history from new with just a few, mostly long-term owners. The current owner bought the car in 2008 from the USA and, once imported into France, commissioned a full rebuild of the car which has now been completed. Everything has been gone through and a new zero-miles Richardson Ford BDG has been installed. The owner has now decided to sell the car as, due to a lack of time, he has not had the pleasure to use this beautiful and very fast Chevron B26.

Everything on the car is current (seat belts, fuel cell, etc.) and it is totally race-ready for making its re-appearance on the US historic racing scene. If to be raced in Europe, the car would only need a correct B26 tail and FIA HTP papers.

This is a rare opportunity to acquire a no-stories Chevron B26 with excellent provenance and in fresh, race-ready condition !

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Make: Abarth-Osella
Name: PA1
Year: 1973
Description:

We are pleased to offer this gorgeous Abarth Osella PA1 chassis 08 for sale. The car has continuous history from new and is in excellent condition.

It was bought by the current owner in 2011 who had a complete rebuild done and a new, correct 2.0 Abarth engine fitted (instead of the FVC it had). The nose section was strengthened in honeycomb aluminium to provide additional protection. Despite this extensive work, the car has only been used once at the Barcelona Masters event in 2011 where it qualified on pole but DNF-ed in the race due to a throttle linkage problem. The engine was then rebuild and has zero hours !

As the car has not been used since, it still looks as new ! All it needs to go racing again is a re-commissioning service and updating with belts, fire extinguisher, fuel cell and a new FIA HTP.

The car comes with a spare set of wheels and miscellaneous running spares.

This no-stories Abarth Osella PA1 is simply stunning and will provide its new owner with lots of enjoyment in the many historic race events it is eligible for.

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Make: Connaught
Name: A-Type
Year: 1952
Description:

We are very proud and pleased to offer this famous ex-Rob Walker racing A-type for sale. This car has only had 3 owners in the last 53 years !

A3 has a stellar and very successful racing history from 1952 up to 1957. Its drivers reads like the “Who’s Who” of fifties motor racing with names such as Ken Downing, Tony Rolt, Stirling Moss, Peter Collins, Tony Brooks, Roy Salvadori and (a young) Graham Hill.

After being acquired by the current owner in 2006, it has been campaigned extensively on the European historic racing scene and always received the tender, loving care such car deserves. It is in race-ready condition and needs nothing.

A3 is extremely well documented and comes with an extensive history file.

This museum quality GP Car comes with a current (2010) FIA HTP, a spare engine block, wheel moulds and running spares.

While mechanically very sound, A3 is extremely original and ready to continue showing its pedigree and good looks at events such as Goodwood and/or the Monaco Historic GP.

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Make: De Tomaso
Name: Pantera Gr4 (ex-works)
Year: 1972
Description:

This is no "ordinary" Gr4 Pantera : being the only works car, #2873 is the most famous of the 14 Gr4 cars ! It has amazing history (winner Giro d’Italia 1973; European GT champion 1975, 90+ victories),  factory attestation and ample documentation including 100+ in-period factory work sheets and in-period pictures.

Since it was bought by the current owner at the beginning of 2011, #2873 has undergone a no-expense-spared full restoration whereby the geometry, suspension, fuel-system, engine and gearbox have been rebuild. The car still features all its original bodywork and its livery is exactly as it won the 1973 Giro d'Italia.

After a succesfull rollout and 1st race at Spa Francorchamps in September 2013, #2873 has now made its re-appearance on the European racing scene in 2014 participating in the Brands Hatchs Masters Festival and the 2014 Oldtimer GP.

This exceptional car comes with a full restoration file and an extensive history file with lots of in-period pictures, FIA HTP, road registration and various spares including multiple wheel sets and a spare, rebuild ZF gearbox.

#2873 is arguably the most important car in De Tomaso's history and is eligible for every historic race and or road event around the globe (LeMans Classic, Tour Auto, CER, Masters WSM, etc.).

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Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage (1959)
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Make: Maserati
Name: Tipo 61 Birdcage
Year: 1959
Description:

This stunning Maserati Birdcage recreation, chassis number 2473 and engine number 2487, was built by the world renowned English firm Crosthwaite and Gardiner.

They were given an original Tipo 61 Birdcage as building reference which allowed Crosthwaite and Gardiner to meticulously recreate #2473 down to its last nut and bolt over a twelve year (!) period. A newly-built chassis was created and as many original parts as possible utilized along with newly created parts to 100% original specification. The car was fitted with an original and correct Maserati Factory engine, number 2487.

Accompanied by its FIA Historic Technical Passport issued by the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS) this Birdcage is superlative and exact to original factory specifications in all its parts.

The Specification of the engine is 2890cc four-cylinder, vertical in-line with 2 x Weber 45 DC03carburettors. The transmission is a correct five-speed manual mechanical with in-unit limited slip differential.

Birdcage #2473, which is located near Melbourne, Australia,  is ready for road use and would be accepted for serious historic racing anywhere in the world. This is a unique opportunity to acquire an exact replica of the famous Tipo 61 “Birdcage” for a fraction of the price !

FIA Historical Technical Passport ; Built by specialist Crosthwaite and Gardiner to exact factory specifications ; Original engine; Two seater sportscar in sheet aluminium over a steel tubular frame

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Make: Chevron
Name: B19
Year: 1971
Description:

We are pleased to offer this immaculate Chevron B19 for sale.

The Chevron B19 was designed and introduced by Chevron founder Derek Bennett at the beginning of 1971 and followed on from the successful B8 and B16 models. As before, the car was aimed firmly with the privateer in mind, with ease of maintenance and low running costs being vital factors in its design, as well as being a competitive alternative to rival manufacture’s Lola T210. Over the following months some 35 individual B19s would be built.

B19-71-14 is well documented with its race and ownership history known from new. Standing out is its 4th OA and class winning performance in the 1973 Targa Florio !

The car has been freshly prepared and is compliant with the latest FIA regulations as evidenced by its 2015 FIA HTP papers.

The FVC engine is a new, latest spec unit built by specialist Geoff Richardson with just 4 hours running on it. Also the FT200 gearbox is fresh as are the uprights, wheel bearings, etc..

This car – which was previously running with later, non-B19 bodywork – now has a new correct B19 body supplied by Vin Malkie of Chevron racing Ltd.

This B19 is as-new and is truly fresh and race-ready. Rather than paint the car in a specific color or livery, the current owner has decided to keep it in plain white so the future owner can give it the desired livery and/or color.

The car comes with a set of spare wheels along with some old, non B19 bodywork (nose, doors and cockpit).

Needless to say that this gorgeous B19 is very usable as it is eligible for most of the historic race events around the world.

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Make: Arrows
Name: A3
Year: 1980
Description:

We have the pleasure to offer for sale the ex-Riccardo Patrese 1980 Arrows A3 chassis #3.

The Arrows Grand Prix International team, based in Milton Keynes (UK), was founded in 1977 by Italian financier Franco Ambrosio, Jackie Oliver, Dave Wass and Tony Southgate (from whose surnames' initials the team took its name) when Rees, Oliver, Wass and Southgate left the Shadow team together with young and up-coming Italian driver Riccardo Patrese .

In chassis #3 Riccardo did the entire 1980 and 1981 F1 seasons and achieved the best ever race results for the Arrows team including (amongst others) 2nd overall at the 1980 US West GP, fastest lap at the Monaco GP and pole position at the 1981 Long Beach Grand Prix. During the 1980 season, A3/3 ran in its well known and fabulous looking gold Warsteiner livery (with Penthouse and Rizla as additional sponsors) while – for the 1981 season – a sponsorship deal was struck with Italian Ceramiche Ragno and Utili Beta of Milan.

When Arrows moved on to the A4 design for the 1982 season, they sold three of the A3s to wheeler-dealer John harper and retained Patrese's car #3 for display at the factory. When Arrows was sold, the A3 passed into the ownership of Jackie Oliver and was driven up the hill by Oliver at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1994. It then passed to Tony O'Neill who sold it to Paul Southgate but the Arrows was never raced during their successive ownership and remained completely original. After Southgate died in June 2008 the car was sold via Duncan Hamilton & Co to Philip Hall in November 2009 who sold it to the current owner in 2012.

Being race prepared and looked after by WDK Motorsport, A3/3 is in excellent, race ready condition with a freshly rebuild engine and with a good spares package. After having run in the 2014 FIA World Championship Grand Prix Masters , this stunning and iconic Warsteiner Arrows is ready for the 2015 season !

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Make: Rondeau
Name: M378 Le Mans GTP
Year: 1978
Description:

“Old Number 1”, the Iron Man of the Le Mans 24 Hours race

• The single car that has taken more 24 Hours of Le Mans starts than any other in history
• Entered 10 Le Mans 24 Hours races between 1978 and 1988
• Second overall in 1981, third overall in 1980, and fifth overall in 1979 at the Le Mans 24 Hours race
• Competed in 19 races in 10 seasons, including Monza, Spa, Brands Hatch and Hockenheim

When a 1972 rules change banned the Porsche 917, French manufacturer Matra won three Le Mans 24 Hours in a row, withdrawing after 1974. The 1975 race saw Cosworthpowered Gulf-Mirages and Lolas mix it up with Porsche Carreras. Then, two French entrepreneurs surfaced in 1976.

Jean Rondeau, who had raced at Le Mans in 1972, ‘73 and ’75, and Peugeot designer Gerard Welter both planned to use the Peugeot/Renault/Volvo 2.7-litre V-6. This would have meant strong French support but Rondeau was convinced that the English Cosworth V-8 held more promise. He designed a steel space frame with aluminium box sections around the engine. His aerodynamic GTP cars weighed just 1,796 pounds, generating 415 horsepower at 9,000 rpm.

The English engine eliminated local sponsorship, but Rondeau’s solution was ingenious: he named the car after his sponsor, coloured paper maker Inaltera. French TV stations would not mention the name, which must have handicapped announcers. Two cars were built in Rondeau’s backyard for the 1976 Le Mans 24 Hours. The turbocharged Porsche 936 put the overall win out of reach, but Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Henri Pescarolo won the GTP class and finished 8th overall, whilst Rondeau and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud finished 21st and 3rd in GTP. In 1977, the Inalteras did even better, with Rondeau and Jean Ragnotti finishing 1st in GTP and 4th overall, and the other cars finishing 11th and 13th overall.

No longer sponsored by Inaltera, Rondeau returned to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1978 as a constructor, with chassis no. 001. Rondeau went on to win the GTP class for the third time, placing 9th overall with Bernard Darniche and Jack Haran in M378/001, “Old Number 1”. It would be the first of 10 appearances in 10 years at Le Mans for this car, and no other has matched its record since the first edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1923.

In 1979, Rondeau and Jacky Haran updated chassis no.001 to M379 specifications and finished a very impressive 3rd OA and 1st in GTP at the Le Mans 24 Hours that year. Rondeau finally won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1980 (driving chassis 003, sister car to chassis 001) with Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, and the Energy Efficiency Prize and chassis no. 001 was right behind, crossing the line in 3rd, driven by Belgian brothers Philippe and Jean-Michel Martin and Gordon Spice, and winning the GTP class. No other driver has won Le Mans in a car of his own design and construction.

Sponsorship follows success, and Rondeau entered five cars in 1981’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Driven by Jacky Haran, Philippe Streiff and Jean-Louis Schlesser, chassis no. 001 finished an impressive 2nd overall and first in GTP, followed by Francois Migault and Gordon Spice in 3rd place overall.

In the 1982 race at Le Mans, chassis no. 001 came through again and finished 10th overall and a second car was 15th. 1982 was a tough year for the Rondeau team, who had won the World Sportscar Manufacturer’s championship until the FIA allowed Porsche to claim credit for a privateer’s victory, stripping Rondeau of their title.

The world was changing and Porsche 956s dominated Group C. In 1983, chassis no. 001 was driven by Vic Elford in his last race before retirement but suffered engine failure; five other Rondeaus were entered in the race that year. The only Rondeau to be classified ultimately finished 19th. Following this disappointment, Rondeau was forced to close up shop. Sadly, he was killed in a tragic car accident in 1985.

One might think this is the end of the story, but Jean-Phillippe Grand bought chassis no. 001 in 1983 and entered it in 1984’s Le Mans. There, he finished 11th overall and 2nd in Group C2. He also ran the car at the Monza 1000 Kms in Italy, though retiring, and the Spa 1000 Kms in Belgium, where he was 10th and 2nd in C2.

In 1985, Noel de Bello entered chassis no. 001 at Le Mans, yet again, but mechanical problems ended his race in the 7th hour. Noel de Bello went on to race the car at Hockenheim, Brands Hatch and Spa that year, and returned to Le Mans in 1986, finishing 17th and 5th in C2, where the front runners were Porsche 962s.

The last owner to have campaigned chassis no. 001 was Pierre-Alain Lombardi, who won a Swiss Championship race at Monza in 1987. He then entered the 1988 Le Mans 24 Hours, where the car finished but was not classified. Following the 1988 Le Mans, “Old Number 1” was sold to an American collector who also ran the car at the Monterey Historics in 1998.

“Old Number 1” has had an extensive racing career at the world’s most famous and gruelling race. This is the single car that has taken more Le Mans 24 Hours starts than any other car in history, with some excellent finishes. Since the gruelling 24-hour race started in 1923, there has never been a car that has had as much success as this Rondeau, chassis no. M378/001. With 10 Le Mans 24 Hours entries, and an impressive 2nd OA, 3rd OA and 5th OA finish, it is truly an impressive car with arguably one of the best Le Mans 24 Hours histories to date.

With it comes the fascinating history of Jean Rondeau, a Le Mans native and the only driver to win the famed 24 hour race in a car of his own making. Since its last race at the Monterey Historics in 1998, chassis no. 001 has recently undergone a thorough restoration, all suspension arms and the chassis have been crack tested and x-rayed, the engine rebuilt, and the car has been now correctly restored in its 1980 GTP-winning red/white “Belga” livery. Two large history files accompany the car, detailing the extensive restoration and race preparation work that has been carried out. Over Euro 200,000 was invested for the recent work carried out on the car. Perhaps the next logical step for this historically important car will be a return to the historic racing scene and the famed Le Mans 24 hour Classic where it will be a welcome entry and a beloved hero to the legions of loyal fans at Circuit de la Sarthe.

And so we did. Old Number 1 went back to Lemans Classic 2014 ! It is clear that the car was designed with the LeMans track in mind as can be seen from the Youtube film below.

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