This gorgeous "little" Lola has has spent its entire life in Italy and has continuous ownership from new as well as an excellent race history (see belo) which includes a 1972 Targa Florio class win and 4th OA !
The current owner bought the car in 2007 from Italy upon which he then commisioned a complete restoration by specialist Vin Malkie. It was decided to fit the car with the rare 2 litre Cosworth Vega engine which was used by the Lola works team in the seventies.The Hewland FG gearbox was rebuilt with mainly new parts, new body, new fuel tanks, fire extinguisher, seat belts, wiring, rebuilt suspension, etc..
Further detail regarding the restoration is as follows :
• Monocoque restored including new panels and rivets,
• Rear sub-frame/engine bay re-jigged and re-painted, including replacement of some tubes that were slightly damaged,
• New FIA approved fuel tanks in sill and behind seat.
• Complete new body parts fitted to car.
• New suspension and rose joints all round.
• New brakes or rebuilt and new parts fitted, including new discs all round..
• New fuel, oil and water lines.
• New electrical system and wiring loom
Following the restoration, HU08 has been prepared and supported by WDK Motorsport. The car has performed flawlessly and only has 4 races since restoration.HU08 was invited to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2010 The car was outright fastest up the hill on day 1. 2nd fastest by one 100th of a second, to a F1 car on day 2 and spun in the shoot out day 3. Quite a performance for a 2 litre car!
The car has been in cocoon storage for past 2 years. WDK have recently prepared and tested the car to ensure all is perfect. As such, it is totally race ready and needs nothing further.
HU-08 comes with spares, current FIA HTP papers and is eligible for Masters WSM, CER, LeMans Classic, etc..More...
We are delighted to offer this extraordinary 1988 Spice factory car with chassis number SE88C-003 for sale.
This beautiful Spice has been prepared and maintained to a very high standard and is ready to take part in the 2015 Group C series.
The car has outstanding race history being the 1988 World Sports car Championship winning C2 car and 1988 LeMans 24hr winner (Spice, Bellm, De Thoissy) ! In addition, it finished 2nd and 3rd in the 1989 and 1990 Le mans 24hr and has excellent race history during its entire racing career from 1988 to 1992.
It is currently raced in Group C series with much success : it is the triple Championship Winner 2012/13/14 and it is also the ONLY C2 car to win several Group C races Overall - Imola 2012 and Paul Ricard 2014. This car always wins the C2 class and is a regular overall podium finisher !
Chassis : Aluminium honeycomb and carbon fibre monocoque with machined aluminium bulkheads assembled at Spice Engineering.
Engine : 3.9 litre Cosworth DFL prepared by Cosworth engine specialist HiSpeed (UK). Homologated at 540 bhp. The engine has had 10hrs at a rev limit of 8000rpm since a full rebuild including new pistons. It was fully inspected, boroscoped and compression tested for the 2015 season.
Suspension & Brakes : Double wishbone front and rear suspension. In-period KONI adjustable shocks which have been revalved and tested earlier this year. AP 6 pot calipers. All suspension, brake and steering components have been crack tested for the 2014 season.
An extensive spares package comes with the car.
This Spice is a reliable and very competitive car while it is also simple to run and maintain. A perfect entry for Group C racing !More...
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.).More...
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 frameMore...
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.More...
We have the pleasure to offer for sale the ex-Riccardo Patrese 1980 Arrows A3 chassis #3.
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 !More...
HU-93 is freshly painted with large Motul stickers in front and on the wing and is in outstanding condition.
The engine (BMW M12/7) - recently rebuild by specialist Eric Wassermann (France) - has 5 hours. The gearbox is fresh. New clutch, starter and alternator. Fresh wheel bearings. Fuel cell valid until 2016. The car has all the right parts and is totally race-ready. HU-93 comes with current FIA HTP papers.
Spares include 6 wheels and an (old) front body.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire the latest development of the Lola T29x lineage making HU-93 a very competitive car to run in CER, Masters, Le Mans classic, etc..More...
“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.More...